Rinaldo Melucci, Taranto’s Mayor, didn’t take part in vertex in Rome and, before the meeting, announced the following: “The Company and the Commissioners know where to find the Mayor when the law of Italian Republic foresees its involvement.
The Administration of Civic Body won’t lend itself to this overbearing dilettantism that Minister Di Maio will surely divide us for transparency and democracy, but, indeed, it is only a well-designed script to cover the void of proposals and courage “.
An important meeting which was at the center of the subject and on which they expressed their opinion also several associations of Taranto, which, through a statement, underline the line taken by Di Maio’s Government in relation to the commitments undertaken in the countryside election and the late convocation in Rome. Here is the press release: “We welcomed the actions of Government aimed at questioning the tender award of Ilva won by Arcelor Mittal, but unfortunately we take note of how the actions and statements of the executive, relative to the future of the steel, they all go in the direction of guaranteeing production continuity through the “environmentalization” of the plant.
Re-apply the conditions of sale with the buyer, even outside the authorization process of the AIA, hypothesize a new tender, design a new hiring plan and a new environmental plan, not to resort to a decree to eliminate the criminal immunity, not working to design a concrete and efficient plan for the ecological reconversion of our economy and even not withdraw the counter-claims made by the Ministry against the appeals of associations on the last Save-Ilva Decree, represent indeed unequivocal signs that the Government’s will is to avert the closing Ilva and linking the future of our territory to that of steel production.
A position that – we repeat – in addition to placing the Government on distant and opposed positions to those we have exposed to the Mi.S.E. in audition, it represents an evident betrayal of the electoral mandate received from the city of Taranto and of the same government agreement that explicitly speaks of “progressive closure of polluting sources”.
On the other hand, how would you intend to “close” if Ilva is transferred to Mittal?
We also note that Minister Di Maio hasn’t yet collected our peremptory invitation to come to report the strategies of the Government in Taranto, as well as to visit the factory accompanied by the workers who work on those plants and risk their lives every day.
Against, the Minister has convened in Rome for Monday 30 July all the parties involved in the affair: Presidents of the Region, Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Labor, President of the Province, Mayors, Prefect, Port Authority, Trade Unions, Confindustria, Commissioners, ArcelorMittal SA and AM InvestCo Italy srl and, with a hasty and late invitation arrived Saturday night, also the associations of the territory. Subject of the meeting, the “presentation by Arcelor Mittal of the addendum to the rental contract of the company branches of Ilva”. Therefore the Ministry of Economic Development exempts that of the Environment from its function as holder of the prescriptive procedure of the Environmental Plan, leaving to Mittal the possibility of improving what, already with the previous Government, was written substantially by itself. An opening towards the buyer that says a lot about the fate of the purpose of closing the factory and reconverting the territory.
We hope to be proved wrong and that it will immediately change course in the resolution and management of the Ilva issue.
Taranto cannot longer wait, Taranto deserves respect “.
Minister Di Maio’s statements: “One minute each, technical questions, very tight deadlines, but the meeting on Ilva” goes from one way in which my precede a contract at a time when you can consider yourself in business with company in Ilva plant – says the Minister of Economic Development – I don’t understand how you can argue about such a thing, “adds referring to the eve of troubled with the amazement of the same ArcelorMittal and the controversy by unions and local authorities “.
What foresee the plan – The addendum proposal foresees the end of the coal parks coverage work by June 2020, that of the iron ore parks by January of the same. An advance that varies between 6 months and one year compared to the 3-year acceleration already obtained by the extraordinary commissioners on Calenda’s input in November 2017. ArcelorMittal also undertakes to achieve, by 2023, “a reduction in CO2 emissions for ton of liquid steel equal to 15% compared to the data for 2017 “. Beyond that threshold, the steel giant has put on paper the “possibility to increase” the production levels “with production processes” with low use of coal (which processes of production based on natural gas) “only” verified the relative conditions of technical and economic sustainability “. The entire plan, Di Maio assured, will be subjected to “public disclosure” in the face of “the whole Italian scientific world”.
For the environmental association Peacelink, “the so-called improvement addendum that should mark a leap in quality compared to the bad environmental plan accepted by the former minister Calenda is a bluff. On the contrary, it hides negative surprises that we have an obligation to communicate to the public “.
The president of Peacelink Taranto, Alessandro Marescotti, who participated in the institutional table about Ilva to Mise, adds that “the addendum is opening announcing new hybrid filters to contain fine particles but these filters have performance worse than the current filters in use at Ilva. On the PeaceLink website, the technical documentation is online that allows a comparison between the current Ilva filters and those proposed by ArcelorMittal “.
The result, the environmentalist attacks, “is ruthless: the new ArcelorMittal filters promise to contain fine particles under 20 milligrams per cubic meter while the current Ilva filters allow to contain fine powders under 6 milligrams per cubic meter : what would the improvement consist of? What kind of improvement addendum is a document that wants to install filters with environmental performance worse than those currently used? “. “We do not want – concludes Marescotti – that Taranto becomes a new Zenica. Zenica is the city of Bosnia where the population is protesting against ArcelorMittal for pollution. But ArcelorMittal is being challenged all over the world and we ask the Minister Di Maio to commission a research that takes vision of the global protests against this multinational, considered unprejudiced by those who today in the world contests it “.