Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018

ILVA management present blueprint for environmental ugrades


Rome, November 9 - The management of ILVA, the
embattled steelworks in southern Italy currently under court
custody and facing obligatory environmental upgrades, on Friday
presented a blueprint for the required technical and
environmental improvements.
"We have presented a document, a plan of action with all
the requirements," said ILVA Chairman Bruno Ferrante after
meeting with Environment Minister Corrado Clini.
The plan "will be examined by experts to evaluate it with
reference to (government standards)" he added.
Clini earlier on Friday has said the government could
appeal to prosecutors in Taranto if ILVA fails to obtain the
necessary environmental authorization to operate.
The environment ministry would initiate the legal petition,
Clini said, adding that "in my opinion operations would be
contrary to the law, and since the law has to be respected, we
will move".
Last month, Ferrante had questioned whether it would be
able to adhere to the conditions necessary for ILVA to meet
standards in a remediation plan known as the AIA, saying they
needed to see if this was technically and economically feasible.
The costs of the required environmental remediation
measures have been pegged in the billions, according to
unofficial estimates.
The new environmental authorisation was drawn up by a group
of experts on the basis of recent inspections at the plant.
Other measures reportedly contained in the blueprint
include a ban on the use of petroleum coke, the start of
procedures to shut down six of the 10 coke plants, covering
conveyor belts and mineral deposits, and doing maintenance on
two of the blast furnaces.
The steelworks are at the centre of a heated industrial
dispute after a local preliminary-investigations judge ordered
the partial closure of the plant due to long-running
environmental and health concerns in July.
ILVA - Italy's biggest steelmaker - and the government have
been trying to keep the plant in operation while the necessary
upgrades are made.

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