Toxic City by the Ionian Sea

Parents—and doctors—blame the massive Ilva steel plant for the area’s high number of cancer cases, calling it a “cancer factory” and pushing for its closure.
 
The factory has spewed toxic red dust around Taranto, Italy for 6 decades—flouting environmental standards.  
 
A 2014 report directly linked more than 3,000 deaths between 2005 and 2012 to—at a minimum—“limited environmental exposure.” 200,000 people still live in a 20 km exclusion area deemed so toxic cows were barred from grazing.
 
But the government continues to protect the factory, considering it too big to fail.

Los Angeles Times

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