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TARANTO

ILVA demands return of seized steel products after ruling

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Taranto, April 10 - Crisis-riddled ILVA demanded
the immediate return of seized steel products from prosecutors
Wednesday, one day after a top court rejected efforts to shut
down the company's plant.
Lawyers for ILVA, which prosecutors have been trying to
close, demanded an order returning products seized last November
by authorities as part of the struggle over the future of the
plant.
For his part, company president Bruno Ferrante said the
ruling has given the plant new life.
"(I see) with great satisfaction the decision of the
Constitutional Court, which allows us to look to the future with
confidence and hope," he said Wednesday.
Prosecutors from Taranto have been been fighting to close
the polluting plant due to decades of environmental damage and
major health problems caused by pollution from the steel plant.
At the same time, labour unions and the national government
have been fighting just as hard to save the plant and the 20,000
jobs it provides in a region of very high unemployment.
In their latest move, prosecutors had asked Italy's highest
court to strike down the government's "Save ILVA" decree
approved late last year to keep open the troubled steel plant,
Europe's largest, with many other facilities dependent on its
operations.
But late Tuesday, the Constitutional Court rejected the
prosecutors' claims that the government's efforts were
unconstitutional, which means that production at the factory can
continue.
Ferrante said that even with the court victory, ILVA
remained committed to meeting all environmental fixes ordered by
Italian authorities as well as European authorities in the
Hague.
"We have the duty and the will to implement all the
provisions...to safeguard jobs and business but also the
environment and public health".

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