ILVA steelworks presents 400-mln-euro plan to Taranto court

Proposes covering mineral park to cut toxic dust 70-90%

ILVA steelworks presents 400-mln-euro plan to Taranto court

(ANSA) - Taranto, September 18 - The chairman of the ILVA steelworks - Italy's largest - presented a 400-million-euro remediation plan to the Taranto courthouse Tuesday that included covering its mineral storage to seal off a major source of toxic dust. ILVA's Taranto plant is at the center of a major industrial and environmental dispute that filled headlines when the court in the southern Italian port ordered the shutdown of its smelting facilities and mineral park in July, saying the steelworks was the source of an ongoing environmental disaster. The court accused ILVA of emanating plumes of toxic dust and other emissions that threatened the health of nearby residents. The court-ordered partial shutdown sparked worker protests, strikes and a flurry of meetings between government and business leaders to find a way to save the plant, which is considered crucial for Italian industry, and an important source of employment in Italy's underdeveloped south. ILVA claims covering the mineral park would cut its dust dispersion by 70-90%, and has commissioned the Luxembourg-based company Paul Wurth to present an adequate system. Paul Wurth is a global leader in designing and building steel manufacturing facilities.

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