(ANSA) - Taranto, August 28 - The difficulties facing the ILVA steelworks in Taranto could also represent a major opportunity for the southern port city and for the country at large, company president Bruno Ferrante said on Tuesday. "We must show Taranto that it is possible to reconcile health and production," Ferrante said in response to environmentalists whose long-running concerns about pollution emanating from the plant led to its partial closure at the end of July. ILVA is currently working with a team of experts appointed by the environment ministry to map out the measures needed to bring one of Europe's largest steelworks in line with European and local environmental norms. "The commission appointed by minister Clini has begun its work," the ILVA president said. "Yesterday the members visited the plant and now they are assessing the situation. We are waiting to see what decisions they will take. There is great cooperation on our part". The review of the steelworks on the basis of dispositions made by Taranto's preliminary investigations judge in July is due for completion by the end of September. Meanwhile ILVA is locked in a legal battle to keep the plant in operation while the environmental upgrades are carried out.