Italy moves on electro-radiation limits
Italian environment minister Altero Matteoli last week unveiled a draft decree on public exposure to electromagnetic fields (non-ionising radiation) in line with limits suggested in a 1999 EU recommendation. Italy had previously argued that the limits were too lax, and proposed, but never implemented, national restrictions 20 times tougher. The new government changed direction after receiving advice from an international group of scientists (EED 06/05/02). Environmental group Legambiente called the new proposals an "embarrassing" breach of the precautionary principle. See Italian environment ministry.