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Italy: Govt. allegedly failed to prevent environmental & health risks associated with ILVA steel plant, argues report; incl. co non-response

On 13 April 2018, Human Rights International Corner (HRIC), FIDH, Unione Forense per la Tutela dei Diritti Umani and Peacelink published a report entitled "The Environmental Disaster and Human Rights Violations of ILVA Steel Plant in Italy". The report looks at the ILVA plant in Taranto, the largest steel plant in Europe, and its impact on the environment and the health of the population of Taranto, as well as that of its employees. The authors argue that the Italian state has continuosly failed to take preventive and precautionary measures in order to limit the risk of exposure to polluting emissions. This stands in contrast to Italy's commitments under its National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights.

The report calls on Italy to adopt all necessary measures to limit environmental damage related to ILVA’s production activities and to prevent further damage in the interests of the population of Taranto. The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre also invited ILVA to comment on the concerns raised in relation to its activities in Italy. The company did not respond.