Venerdì, 21 Settembre 2018
ROME

>>>ILVA steelworks clean up approved in Italian Senate

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(ANSA) - Rome, October 3 - The Italian Senate on Wednesday
approved a decree to clean up the ILVA steelworks and the highly
polluted area around the plant in the southern city of Taranto.
The ILVA case has pitted environmental concerns due to high
cancer rates against workers unwilling to lose their jobs after
a court-ordered closure.
A report released by Taranto's ASL health department on
Wednesday recorded a 50% jump in admissions for cancer
treatments in the area around the plant.
The increase, recorded in the first six months of this year,
was compared with the same period in 2011 and reported by the
officials in charge of pharmaceutical expenditures for regional
ASL health clinics near the ILVA steelworks.
The report comes as the troubled ILVA steel plant in Taranto
is fighting for its industrial life amid accusations that for
more than a dozen years it has unleashed dangerous pollution
into the area.
Health studies released last month by critics of ILVA
suggested some cancer risks in the area are as much as 306%
higher than normal.
Those 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.
Prosecutors have ordered ILVA to curb production while the
company upgrades its facilities to higher pollution standards.
The move has been fought by the Italian government, the
company and unions at the plant whose members fear for their
jobs. The Italian parliament passed a decree on Wednesday to
begin clean ups in the area around the ILVA plant.
An employee at ILVA, 34-year-old Giuseppe Raho, suffered
first-degree burns after slag exploded from a container
Wednesday in an area of the mill subject to closure for
upgrades.

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