Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018

Italian Senate approves ILVA decree

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(ANSA) – Rome, December 20 – The Italian Senate approved a
decree on Thursday to keep the troubled ILVA steel plant in
Taranto operating and employees working while a clean-up
operation takes place.
The decree was passed by the government cabinet on November
30 after the company had warned it risked "imminent" closure due
to a criminal probe into an environmental scandal that saw
several of its top managers arrested.
The decree needed to be approved by both houses of
parliament within 60 days in order to continue in existence. The
Senate approved it with 217 votes in favour, 10 contrary and 18
abstentions, the last leg of its conversion into law.
The Taranto plant's furnaces were placed under special
administration in July following accusations emissions from them
caused abnormally high levels of tumours and respiratory
diseases in the Taranto area earlier this year, putting the
employment of its 20,000 workers at risk.
The decree aims to end a tussle between central government
and local magistrates over whether the plant should be shut down
while the site is cleared up.
If the plant closes, it could in turn would trigger the
closing of a larger one in Genoa, which cumulatively could cause
an 8 billion euro loss to the Italian economy, according to
figures released by the government last month.
The plant at the Puglia port is the second biggest
steelworks in Europe.

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