New Italian row breaks over phone masts

Local authorities to challenge decree streamlining procedures to erect telecoms infrastructure

The leaders of four Italian regions are set to challenge the constitutional legality of a government decree simplifying the rules for constructing new mobile phone and television transmitter masts. The decree was introduced in the wake of a controversial planning law that has abolished a swathe of environmental and related controls on business (EED 19/10/01).

Growth in the number of mobile phone masts and other installations that emit electromagnetic or non-ionising radiation is a particularly controversial issue in Italy. The local authorities object to the decree, passed last month, because it has stripped them of powers to regulate the location of new masts, financial daily Sole 24Ore reported today.

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