Mercoledì, 19 Settembre 2018

Court upholds impounding, overhaul of ILVA steelworks


(ANSA) - Rome, August 7 - A court on Tuesday upheld a
decision to impound and overhaul portions of the ILVA steelworks
in Taranto and to hold its former presidents and ex-director
under house arrest after evidence of long-standing toxic
pollution was found last month.
"The guardians must ensure the safety of the facilities and
use them according to the completion of all necessary technical
measures to eliminate hazards, and they must implement an
emissions-monitoring system," said the ruling.
The court also decided that former presidents Nicola and
Emilio Riva, who is currently the plant owner, and ex-director
Luigi Capogrosso must remain under house arrest, while five
other suspects were released.
The court named current ILVA President Bruno Ferrante the
administrator to oversee the impounded portions of the plant.
A court in July ordered the company to halt its mineral
park and foundry zones that prosecutors say have poisoned nearby
areas since 1995, a decision that threatens the future of
Europe's largest steel plant.
The company has appealed against the court order and the
appeals process is due to begin in earnest after September 15.
Last Friday the government approved the allocation of 336
million euros for environmental remediation and recovery at
the plant with immediate effect in an effort to keep the
steelworks in production while protecting the health of local
On Monday the ILVA president said that shutting down the
steelworks in Taranto could lead to closures at plants in Genoa
and Novi Ligure, which "survive on the what is produced in
Earlier Tuesday Industry Minister Corrado Passera said that
closing the plant must "be avoided".
"If it's closed, it will not reopen," he said, then struck
back at closure threats across the country, calling the dilemma
of accepting toxic working conditions in exchange for industrial
output "unacceptable".

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