On August 7, 2012, an Italian court ordered Europe's biggest steel plant, property of Ilva and located in the Southern city of Taranto, to clean up its act but did not call for closure despite fears that chemicals spewed by the unit were behind the high cancer rates in the region, the Agence France-Presse reports.
Eight executives linked to the plant have been placed under house arrest, in a clamp-down on pollution which threatens thousands of jobs in an impoverished region, according to Reuters. Five of them have been set free.
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