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>>>ANSA/ Italian govt aims to pass ILVA decree, 2013 budget

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Milan, December 10 - Two Italian cabinet ministers
said on Monday that the outgoing technical government aims to
shepherd through parliament the so-called "ILVA decree", in
addition to reforms laid out in next year's budget, before it is
dissolved for early elections.
"I believe that everyone understands the necessity of
having to approve next year's budget and the ILVA decree," Civil
Service Minister Filippo Patroni Griffi said outside a meeting
in Milan, making reference to a government decree that
establishes environmental clean-up measures under which the
troubled ILVA steelworks plant in Taranto can continue to
operate.
The Italian government on November 30 approved a decree
after ILVA said that the plant risked "imminent" closure due to
a criminal probe into an environmental scandal that saw several
top managers arrested.
The Taranto plant's furnaces were placed under special
administration in July following accusations that emissions from
them caused abnormally high levels of tumours and respiratory
diseases in the Taranto area.
Premier Mario Monti said the decree would protect local
people's health as well as the jobs of some 20,000 workers.
Patroni Griffi cautioned that he could not firmly predict
both bills' passage in parliament, since "guessing would require
a gypsy with a crystal ball".
The minister added, however, "It is important that everyone
does his part with seriousness".
Territorial Cohesion Minister Fabrizio Barca backed Patroni
Griffi on Monday, saying, "I believe, and I hope, that there
will be total convergence" on passing the ILVA decree.
"With an inadmissible delay, finally after so many years,
true compatibility between work and the environment have begun
to be built," added Barca outside a separate conference in
Milan.
Environment Minister Corrado Clini denied there were plans
to "evacuate" the Tamburi neighborhood next to the Taranto steel
plant, which prosecutors and technicians maintain has suffered
the brunt of toxic contamination.
"A journalist asked me what I thought of the evacuation,
and I clarified that we have never examined an evacuation
hypothesis," Clini said at a university celebration in the
southern Italian city of Piacenza.
"The Taranto mayor asked again last July to examine the
possibility of relocating a number of the homes closest to the
ILVA (plant) and most exposed to environmental pollution," Clini
explained.
"I had said and confirm that this hypothesis can be worked
on," Clini continued. "The goal is environmental rehabilitation,
certainly not evacuation".
"The hypothesis of the evacuation of the Tamburi
neighborhood, as a general proposal, is the pure fruit of
imagination on the part of those who want, at any cost, to
maintain a climate of exasperation," confirmed Taranto Mayor
Ippazio Stefano in his southern port city on Monday.

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