Italian nuclear waste site sparks local fury

A decision by the Italian government last week to build a permanent depository for radioactive waste in the southern region of Basilicata has met with massive public opposition (EED 13/11/03). Thousands of residents have occupied railway stations and access roads to the site, while local politicians are pressing the government to reconsider its "hasty" decision and are threatening to take their protest to the EU. The Green party has announced the creation of a task force to gather scientific and legal arguments against the decree. See Italian press reports.

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