Italy -One of Europe’s biggest steel plants closed? -August 15, 2012

A court in Taranto has triggered a political dispute with three contradictory rulings in less than a month on the fate of the Ilva steel plant, prompting impassioned pleas to spare the factory and save jobs. The dispute hinges on studies suggesting that up to 386 people have died of cancer over the past 13 years, that mortality rates have risen, and that people living downwind of fumes from the plant have suffered adverse health effects. According to the local trade unions FIOM and FIM the company is to be blamed for long-term neglect. However, closure would be a catastrophe for workers and the whole territory. Ilva now has to prove within 40 days that it can respect the applicable limit values.

English: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms ...

Italian: http://www.ilsussidiario.net/News/Lavoro/2012/8/21 ...

 

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