Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

ILVA ordered to scale back production for upgrades


(ANSA) - Bari, September 14 – The troubled ILVA steelworks
in Taranto will need to start scaling back production next week
to upgrade its machinery, state prosecutors ordered on Friday.
The order from prosecutors of the southern Italian city,
where ILVA is based, was sent to the court-appointed managers of
the plant, which was seized July 26 for emitting toxic
The government and ILVA have been embroiled in a fierce
legal standoff since a local court ordered the partial closure
of the plant for environmental and health violations over a
number of years.
Courts closed parts of the steel mill in a move which ILVA
has said will essentially halt production, not just in Taranto
but at its other plants as well.
The company, workers, the unions and the Italian government
have all been working together to keep the plant operating while
the environmental upgrades are carried out.
ILVA Chairman Bruno Ferrante asked local and regional
authorities for "certainty in the rules, in the regulations" at
a meeting with local, government and regional authorities on
Friday in Bari.
"We cannot tolerate for these to change during the process,
as this forces the company to change its position and its
investments each time it happens" Ferrante said.
Italian Environment Minister Corrado Clini said he imagined
foreign competitors were hoping for a negative outcome of the
upgrade process.
"We can suppose a lot of European and non-European
industrial groups have good reasons to hope that our initiative
is not successful," Clini said.
"They have a lot of instruments at hand that could be used
to negatively influence the outcome of our work".

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