Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018

VP among seven arrested for alleged corruption at ILVA plant


Taranto, November 26 - Seven people were arrested
on Monday for alleged corruption related to an environmental
scandal at the troubled ILVA plant in the southern city of
Taranto, including Fabio Riva, the vice president of parent
company Riva.
The seven are suspected of criminal association, causing an
environmental disaster and corruption.
The arrests reportedly regard allegations local politicians
and officials were bribed in order to hide the scale of the
problem at the plant.
A judge ordered that three of the seven should be detained
in custody and the other four be put under house arrest.
Parts of the plant have been closed since July following a
Taranto court's order to impound the smelting areas in order to
safeguard people and the environment.
Local authorities ordered the closure while legal
proceedings continue against the company and its managers for
generating toxic emissions that have been linked to causing
abnormal levels of tumours and respiratory diseases in the area.
The company has filed a petition for the partial
shutdown orders to be lifted, saying that otherwise Italy's
biggest steel plant will close.
ILVA's request follows the Italian environment minister's
approval of the company's new remediation plan, a detailed set
of conditions and measures under which ILVA would be permitted
to operate, called the AIA.
ILVA's lawyers argue the company needs control of the
impounded areas in order to execute the approved AIA remediation
Their request says it is impossible to perform the
necessary work on the smelting areas without access to them, and
that banks will not finance a company with impounded assets,
sources told ANSA.

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