Venerdì, 21 Settembre 2018
ROME

ILVA submits steelworks clean-up plan, pleads to keep active

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(ANSA) - Rome, September 18 - The president of the ILVA
steelworks in Taranto on Tuesday submitted the company's plan to
clean up the portions of the mill seized for longstanding
environmental and health violations and asked that they be kept
active.
"We hope that the plan and the request are received
positively by prosecutors and judges," said ILVA President Bruno
Ferrante.
Prosecutors on Friday ordered the troubled steelworks to
scale back production this week while the company upgrades its
facilities.
Environment Minister Corrado Clini said Monday his
department is willing to participate in a civil trial to assess
responsibility for the pollution, but Tuesday insisted "we are
not embarking upon closing the plant, but upon a path towards
rehabilitating it".
Recent data from Italy's Institute of Health show the area
around the steel plant had a mortality rate that was 10% higher
than would be expected in the area around Taranto.
Prosecutors in July ordered to shut down parts of the steel
plant - one of Europe's largest - and to implement expensive
upgrades, a move that the Italian government, the company and
unions at the plant have been fiercely fighting.
"I can't imagine ILVA closing," said Interior Minister
Annamaria Cancellieri on Tuesday. "If that happens, it would
mean closing down half of the country. The problem is being
seriously addressed, with guaranteeing employment in mind".

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