Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018
ROME

Taranto prosecutors appeal government's 'save ILVA' decree

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Rome, December 28 - Italy's Constitutional Court
has been asked to decide the future of the troubled ILVA plant
in southern Italy, raising questions about the jurisdiction of
the courts and prosecutors versus state authority over
environmental issues.
Prosecutors in the southern city of Taranto confirmed late
Thursday that they've appealed to one of Italy's highest courts
to overturn the Italian government's "save ILVA" decree, in a
case that has pitted the government, workers, and unions against
the courts, residents living around the plant, and green
politicians.
When the national government of Premier Mario Monti passed
the decree just weeks ago, it was aimed at allowing the steel
plant, which for years has been emitting pollution, to continue
production while it makes upgrades.
But prosecutors, who have been trying since July 26 to shut
down the plant, employing about 20,000, say the government has
overstepped its bounds.
According to prosecutors, the government is interfering
with their ongoing investigation of an environmental disaster at
the second-largest steel plant in Europe.
Friday, the president of the Green Party Angelo Bonelli
praised the appeal, saying the courts have "a duty to protect
the health of citizens, workers".
The "save ILVA" decree was passed by the government cabinet
on November 30 after the company had warned it risked "imminent"
closure due to the criminal probe into an environmental scandal
that saw several of its top managers arrested.
ILVA supporters have warned that if the Taranto plant
closes, it could 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 fall.

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