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Bondi's comments on Taranto cancer rates sparks furor

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Rome, July 15 - Remarks made by the
government-appointed commissioner of the embattled Italian steel
company ILVA, Enrico Bondi, sparked furor on Monday and prompted
Italian Environment Minister Andrea Orlando to summon him for
clarification.
The turnaround guru picked to guide the steel company,
which is accused of causing an environmental disaster in
Taranto, said the southern Italian port city's cancer problems
are mainly due to the city's high rates of smoking and alcohol
consumption.
Orlando summoned Bondi to appear Monday for
''clarification'' and is also choosing three new experts to
oversee clean-up and rehabilitation of the Taranto steel plant,
to be appointed by ministerial decree.
ILVA has faced enormous problems in the past year, most
recently with a decision by the Italian government to appoint a
commissioner to take over management of the company's ill-fated
Taranto steel plant in southern Italy.
Enrico Bondi's job as commissioner is to remediate and
revamp the plant - the largest in Europe - located in southern
Italy.
ILVA has been at the centre of a political and legal battle
since last July when local magistrates ordered the partial
closure of the Taranto plant due to serious health concerns.
The Riva group, which owns the ILVA steel plant, is the
biggest iron and steel producer in Italy, the fourth-biggest in
Europe and the 23rd-biggest in the world.
Earlier this month, prosecutors asked the courts to indict
Emilio Riva, ILVA's former head, on charges of massive tax
fraud.
Milan prosecutor Francesco Greco accused Riva, and two
other former executives of the steelmaker, of evading 52 million
euros in taxes dating back to 2007.
A London-based executive with Deutsche Bank was also named
by the prosecution for assisting in the alleged fraud.
Emilio and Adriano Riva, owners of the Riva group, have
been under investigation for fraud against the State and fake
money transfers.
Some 1.2 billion euros transferred out of Italy by the
Rivas were previously confiscated.
In January, ILVA executive and family member Fabio Riva was
arrested in London after two months on the run.
Taranto prosecutors had issued a European arrest warrant
for Fabio Riva, the deputy chairman of parent-company Riva, last
December saying that he was sought as part of a criminal probe
into the environmental scandal at the facility.

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