Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Ministry not 'keeping secrets' regarding ILVA

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(ANSA) - Rome, September 20 - Environment Minister Corrado
Clini said on Thursday that his department is in no way "hiding
information or keeping secrets" regarding the environmental
risks of the ILVA steel plant, as a new study showed higher
mortality rates for residents nearby.
"The only thing that is clear is that there are some who
are manipulating incomplete data to create pressure on the
authorities and citizens," the minister said.
Italian steelworks ILVA, which is being investigated for
serious environmental violations, are working on identifying the
required upgrades the company needs to carry out to comply with
environmental laws.
Clini's comments on Thursday came at the same time a new
study concluded residents of the community in southern Italy
face a heightened risk of death.
A report by the Italian Association of Epidemology
generated from court data said on Thursday that the general
mortality rate in Taranto was 8-27% higher than the national
average, malignant tumours 5-42% more common, cardiovascular
diseases 10-28% more frequent and respiratory illnesses 8-64%
higher.
This would seem to support criticisms that for years, the
ILVA steel plant - one of Europe's largest - has emitted toxic
pollution into the community's environment.
That was the justification used by prosecutors in July to
shut down parts of the plant and order expensive upgrades - a
move that the Italian government, the company, and unions at the
plant have been fiercely fighting.
On Wednesday, Clini announced that his ministry would file
a lawsuit against Green Party President Angelo Bonelli for
slander and for spreading "false information creating general
panic".
Bonelli said on Thursday that he was not "in the least bit
worried" and that he would not be "intimidated".
Clini has promised 90 million euro in public funds for the
ILVA cleanup and more for the region of Puglia, where it is
based.
More money could be available for ILVA from the European
Union through funds for community projects, Industry
Commissioner Antonio Tajani said Tuesday in an interview with
Radio RAI.

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