Court Allows ArcelorMittal Italia to Continue Activity at Taranto
Italy's highest administrative court the Council of State on Friday upheld ArcelorMittal's appeal against the Lecce Regional Administrative Court TAR's
Italy's highest administrative court the Council of State on Friday upheld ArcelorMittal's appeal against the Lecce Regional Administrative Court TAR's recent order to comply with Taranto Mayor Mr Rinaldo Melucci's emissions ban and shut down the blast furnaces in the Puglia city by April 14. The closure has been suspended pending a definitive ruling on May 13. ArcelorMittal Italia announced “The State Council, following the Council session of March 11th, has ordered the suspension of the sentence of the Region Administrative Court of Lecce no. 249/2021, meaning that ArcelorMittal Italia has no obligation to start the shutdown of the Taranto hot area installations. The production activity can continue regularly.”
In its ruling, the TAR had said the danger to the local population from the emissions from Europe's biggest steel plant is permanent. TAR ordered the halting of activities in the hot area within 60 days, ie by April 14, in order to prevent emissions from the plant. The hot area includes the plant's blast furnaces, mineral storage areas, the coke plant, the steel mill, the area for managing steel materials, and the agglomeration area.
The plant's trade union leaders had met Industry Minister Giancarlo Giorgetti after industrial employers group Confindustria issued an urgent appeal against the shutdown.