Taranto child leukemia admissions up - Grillo

Upwards trend in 2014-17 says health minister

(ANSA) - Rome, June 24 - Leukemia admissions for children aged zero to 19 in the area of the former ILVA steel plant in Taranto showed an increasing trend in 2014-2017, Health Minister Giulia Grillo told a press conference Monday.
    Cancer rates have been above the national average for years around the formerly high-polluting ILVA plant, which is now run by ArcelorMittal.
    The Italo-Indian consortium is conducting an environmental clean up and industrial revamp to clean the local air while preserving jobs at the plant, the biggest steel factory in Europe.