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Taranto Residents Rise Up Against ArcelorMittal Italia

Steel News - Published on Thu, 13 Jun 2019

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DW reported that parents in the southern Italian city of Taranto are taking on the ArcelorMittal Italia steelworks they say is polluting the air and killing their children. In January, Angelo Di Ponzio lost his 15 year old son. Giorgio died from a soft tissue sarcoma, a degenerative phenomenon linked to prolonged exposure to dioxin in the air. Mr Di Ponzio told DW that "A genocide is unfolding before our very eyes, and the world knows nothing about it. His son is just one of many to have fallen victim to air pollution in his hometown of Taranto, in the Puglia region of Italy's Deep South.”

After almost six decades as a factory town, it's only now that residents of Taranto are speaking out against an industrial side-effect the post-war generation long overlooked.

Conceived as a state owned property in 1961, privatized by leading steel company Riva Group in 1995, and acquired by private Indian company ArcelorMittal last year, the ArcelorMittal Italia steelworks, which is known locally as ex-Ilva, sprawls over 1,500 hectares of flatland, making it Europe's largest.

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Thu, 13 Jun 2019
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