Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Taranto judge kills ILVA management's remediation proposal


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(ANSA) - Taranto, September 26 - Taranto Judge Patrizia
Todisco tossed out ILVA steelworks' proposal for the immediate
remediation of its plant on Wednesday, after assessing it as
inadequate to address the environmental disaster at stake.
She also specifically ruled against ILVA's request to keep
production minimally operative while clean-up measures at
Italy's largest steel plant take place.
"There is no room for ILVA to make lesser proposals
regarding measures to be taken and sums" to be spent, read
Todisco's decision, filed at the courthouse on Wednesday.
"The goods in question - health, life and environment, and
even the right to dignified work without compromising the health
of a human being - do not permit bargaining".
Taranto prosecutor Franco Sebastio expressed satisfaction.
"We have formulated an opinion that at least at the moment
has been accepted," Sebastio said Wednesday.
The plan submitted by ILVA Chairman Bruno Ferrante on
September 18 also displeased labor unions who called the plan
"inadequate" from the day it was submitted.
The plan did not pass muster for engineering experts
entrusted with the technical evaluation either.
On September 20 legal consultants Barbara Valenzano,
Emanuela Laterza and Laudio Lofrumento gave it the thumbs down.
The prosecutor rejected it the following day.
ILVA proposed an investment of 400 million euros in
remediation efforts, 146 million of which were already underway
or already programmed.
The additional 254 million euros worth of measures were
deemed too paltry compared to the long list of deep
interventions needed according to the technical assessment.
The smelting areas and mineral park of the plant have been
under a shutdown order since July 26.

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