Prosecutors and ILVA meet to map out environmental upgrades

Steel mill cited for pollution, health violations

Prosecutors and ILVA meet to map out environmental upgrades

(ANSA) - Taranto, August 23 - Meetings between government prosecutors and representatives of Italian steelworks ILVA, which is being investigated for serious environmental violations, began Thursday. The goal of the meeting is to determine the current situation of Europe's largest steel mill, in the southern Italian coastal city of Taranto, and draw up a list of measures required to bring its facilities in line with environmental norms. The government and ILVA have been embroiled in a fierce legal standoff since a local court ordered the partial closure of the plant for environmental and health violations over a number of years. A review court Monday said ongoing operations over the years at ILVA's Taranto steelworks had resulted in severe pollution, confirming the decision made earlier in the month to close down the plant while the necessary upgrades were carried out. Unions represented at the ILVA plant and the company's president Bruno Ferrante are also holding meetings Thursday to discuss the situation.

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