Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Court confirms earlier ruling to close production at ILVA

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(ANSA) - Rome, August 20 - In a move certain to trigger
controversy, an Italian Court of Review on Monday confirmed an
earlier ruling that would essentially halt production at
Taranto's ILVA steel plant over pollution concerns.
The announcement is certain to further outrage workers, the
company, and even the Italian government, all of whom have been
fighting to keep the plant, employing about 12,000, operating in
this southern city.
But Monday's confirmation of the August 7 ruling will
please some residents and environmentalists who are concerned
about the pollution coming from the plant since 1995.
Earlier this month, prosecutors investigating the
environmental concerns had ordered the partial closure of the
plant until it is upgraded to meet international standards.
ILVA management interpreted that August 7 ruling to mean
they could continue to operate the plant while making the
necessary upgrades to improve operations.
It has warned that closure would not only put the
livelihood of its workers in Taranto - which suffers from high
unemployment - at risk, but would also put at risk the jobs of
many other people in the related supply chain.
However, officials said Monday that the Court of Review has
now made clear that it intended for operations to shut down, and
has informed ILVA of this.
In its lengthy ruling in August, the court noted that the
"guardians" of the plant had a duty to ensure the safety of
facilities and apply all necessary measures to monitor
emissions.
Last Friday, ILVA announced its plan to put another 56
million euros towards cleaning up the environment after years of
pollution and health abuses.
"We have already earmarked and financed 90 million euros
and we have in mind to finance soon another 56 million for a
total of 146 million euros towards the environment," ILVA
chairman Bruno Ferrante said following last Friday's meeting
with Italy's environment and industry ministers.
Meanwhile, a meeting has been planned for Tuesday in Rome
involving Italy's Environment ministry and European Commission's
environmental regulators to develop a work plan to oversee
monitoring of the ILVA plant by September 30.

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