Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Clini insists government has authority over ILVA plant

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(ANSA) - Rome, September 21 - Environment Minister Corrado
Clini Friday maintained that his department has authority over
the troubled ILVA steelworks in the southern city of Taranto.
But he also said his position creates no conflict with
prosecutors who have ordered parts of the plant closed for
upgrades.
"The authorization for the ILVA plant operation rests with
the ministry of environment," said Clini, who added that he
would release later this month an "integrated environmental
authorization and the company will be required to respect it".
Clini insisted that this should not create any conflict
with legal authorities:
"I know what my job is, and I know that of the judiciary".
Clini's comments came as, earlier in the day, ILVA
employees protested the start of a court-ordered shutdown of
some of its divisions to pave the way for an environmental
upgrade.
Dozens of workers gathered at ILVA's administration offices
to try and fight the shutdown of areas that were seized earlier
this year amid accusations of environmental damage.
ILVA has for months been at the heart of a major industrial
and environmental dispute that fuelled headlines when a court in
the port town ordered the shutdown of its smelting facilities
and mineral park in July.
The court accused ILVA of emanating plumes of toxic dust
and other emissions that threaten the health of nearby
residents.
The partial shutdown sparked worker protests,
strikes and a flurry of meetings between government and business
leaders to find a way to save the plant, which is considered
crucial for Italian industry, and an important source of
employment in Italy's underdeveloped south.
Meanwhile on Friday, judicial sources leaked reports that
magistrates are preparing to turn down the environment-upgrade
proposal presented by ILVA management and shareholders earlier
this week.
Thursday, the court-appointed trustees of the company
officially said the measures would not suffice.
ILVA earlier this week presented a 400-million-euro
remediation plan to the Taranto courthouse that included
covering its mineral storage to seal off a major source of toxic
dust.

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