Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018

ILVA officials held in connection with plant pollution


Taranto, October 29 - Three former senior
executives will continue to be held under house arrest in
connection with the long-running environmental problems at the
ILVA steel plant in southern Italy.
Emilio Riva, his son Nicholas Riva - both former presidents
of the ILVA plant in Taranto - and past director Luigi
Capogrosso have been under house arrest since July 26, accused
of contributing to environmental problems with the steel plant.
Judges Monday rejected their bid to be released.
Parts of the plant have been shut down during upgrades to
make it less polluting and less toxic to the surrounding
ILVA has for months been at the heart of a major industrial
and environmental dispute since a court in the port town of
Taranto ordered the shutdown of its smelting facilities and
mineral park in July, saying the steelworks was the source of an
ongoing environmental disaster.
The court accused ILVA of emitting toxic dust and other
elements that threatened the health of nearby residents.
The court-ordered 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.

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