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Structures collapse as weather adds to ILVA plant troubles

No reports of injuries says company

Structures collapse as weather adds to ILVA plant troubles

(see related story on bad weather) Taranto, November 28 - Bad weather added to the troubles of the ILVA steel plant in Taranto on Wednesday, when high winds caused a tower and a building at the facility to collapse and a chimney was knocked down by a lightning bolt. The company said that "at the moment there are no reports of injuries at the site". There were, however, reports of around 20 people being hurt in the area because of furious winds that also caused services on the Taranto-Bari train route to be halted. The plant is threatened with permanent closure as a result of a criminal probe into allegations emissions from it have led to abnormal levels of tumours and respiratory diseases in the Taranto area. The government has said it will try to pass measures that will make it possible to keep Italy's biggest steel plant operating while a clean-up operation takes place.

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