ITALY: Disaster at Cornigliano

Cornigliano is a study in superlatives: Italy's biggest single postwar industrial construction, its biggest steel plant, its biggest ECA project. Three years and 44 million man-hours went into building Cornigliano; just to create its 250-acre site near Genoa, a million cubic yards of rubble fill were dumped into the Ligurian Sea. Cornigliano was to vitalize Italy's struggling steel industry, help cut its production costs 40% and raise its output 75%. The goal: to make Italian steel competitive for just about the first time since the Etruscans pounded out iron for the Greek...

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