Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018
ROME

Italian govt may appeal if ILVA fails to certify upgrades

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Rome, November 9 - The Italian government could
appeal to prosecutors in the southern Italian city of Taranto if
the local ILVA steelworks, currently under court trusteeship,
fails to obtain the necessary environmental authorization (AIA)
to operate, Environment Minister Corrado Clini said Friday.
The Environment Ministry would initiate the legal petition
should the AIA not be obtained, 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, the chairman of the embattled ILVA steelworks -
the biggest in Italy - questioned whether it would be able to
adhere to the conditions necessary for ILVA to obtain the AIA
authorizations, 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 and the government have been trying to keep the plant
in operation while the necessary upgrades are made.

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