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Some ILVA cancer risks 306% higher in Taranto, say critics


(ANSA) - Taranto, September 19 - Critics of the troubled
ILVA steelworks in the southern Italian city of Taranto say
studies show cancer risks in the area are as much as 306% higher
than normal.
Angelo Bonelli, president of the Greens, and the President
of Peacelink Taranto, Alessandro Marescotti, released a report
Wednesday involving health studies in the province of Taranto
from 2003-2008.
The studies suggested a 24% higher risk than normal for
developing cancer of the liver and of the lungs; a 38%
heightened risk for lymphoma; and a 306% greater risk for
developing a rare form of cancer called mesothelioma.
This form originates in the mesothelium, the protective
lining that covers many of the internal organs of the body.
The cancer can take several decades after exposure to show
The data came from studies by Italy's Institute of Health,
which earlier reported that the area around the steel plant had
a mortality rate that was 10% higher than would be expected.
Last Friday, prosecutors ordered ILVA - accused of serious
environmental and health violations - to scale back production
this week while the company upgrades its facilities.
Tuesday, ILVA's president submitted the company's plan to
clean up the portions of the mill and asked that the areas be
kept active.
He also presented a 400-million-euro remediation plan that
included covering its mineral storage to seal off a major source
of toxic dust.
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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