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Italy: mountain peak to be illuminated during the 2006 Winter Olympics

During the 2006 Winter Olympics the local authority for Valli Po, Bronda e Infernotto plans to illuminate the summit of Monviso, the mountain that is the hallmark of the Piedmont.
The contract for the work has been awarded to S.O.L.E. s.r.l, which is owned by the Italian national utility ENEL. The scheme is expected to cost 10 000 euros in the trial phase and 74 500 euros during the actual Olympics. Opponents criticise the use of public funds for such a purpose, and the high energy consumption and resulting light pollution. In addition, Monviso is located in an area that merits special protection under EU legislation (area of Community importance), which means that an impact assessment must be performed for such a project. Source and protest letter to the local authority in English, German and Italian: www.mountwild.it
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