Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018
ROME

ILVA steelworks gets new environmental authorisation

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Rome, October 26 - The environment ministry on
Friday announced that it had completed procedures for issuing a
new environmental authorisation for the contested ILVA
steelworks in the southern city of Taranto, paving the way for
much-needed upgrades at the plant.
The new document - 'updating' an earlier authorisation
issued in 2011 - is the result of inspections by a team of
experts mandated to address serious environmental and health
concerns resulting from activities at the facility.
It maps out necessary interventions at the plant's blast
furnaces, coke ovens and other hot areas, stockpiles and areas
dedicated to the movement of materials.
Provisions for areas devoted to other activities will be
issued in due course.
The document also sets out the time-frame for the upgrades
to be made, with a programme of urgent measures to be taken
within three months and subsequent interventions to be completed
by the end of 2014.
ILVA has said it is ready to comply with the provisions
provided it has full access to the areas of the plant that have
been temporarily shut down.
In July a Taranto preliminary investigations judge ordered
the partial closure of the factory pending environmental
upgrades.
Since then ILVA has been locked in a legal battle to keep
the steelworks in operation while the changes are carried out.
The company argues that it needs to continue operating in
order to be able to finance the upgrades and also to protect
jobs and the national economy.

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