Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
NISCEMI

Hearing date set for appeal of withdrawn MUOS licences

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Niscemi, April 25 - A hearing date has been set
next month in the dispute over permits for a controversial
American military site under construction in Sicily.
On May 10, Palermo's regional administrative court (Tar)
will hear an appeal from the Ministry of Defence of an earlier
withdrawal of authorizations relating to construction of a
United States military satellite-communications system in the
Sicilian town of Niscemi.
Some local residents are fiercely opposed to the plan to
build the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS),and permits were
withdrawn last month by Sicily's regional environment and
territory department.
In its application, the Ministry of Defence also seeks
compensation for damages totaling 25,000 euros per day,
effective March 29, citing damages to relations between Italy,
the U.S., and NATO.
While opponents say MUOS will threaten world peace, the
environment, and the health of locals, Italy's defence ministry
defended the system as "essential for NATO operations in the
Mediterranean and therefore, for national security".

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