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ILVA steelworks still operating at a 'minimum' says chairman

'This is what the market demands'

ILVA steelworks still operating at a 'minimum' says chairman

(ANSA) - Taranto, August 17 - The troubled ILVA steel plant is continuing production amid ongoing court battles over charges of pollution and health violations, the chairman announced Friday. Bruno Ferrante said his steelworks, the largest in Europe, is producing a "minimum" output, "not because of court orders but because this is what the market (currently) demands". Ferrante was in meetings Friday with the industry and environment ministers discussing possible measures to keep the plant open amid clean-up operations or to close it altogether. The government and ILVA are embroiled in a fierce legal standoff with a local court that has ordered the partial closure of the plant. The company says closure would put the livelihood of the 12,000 people it employs, as well as the jobs of many other people in the related supply chain, at risk.

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