Radiation checks

Transport Minister Costis Hatzidakis (far right) presented to journalists yesterday a draft bill introducing a national electromagnetic monitoring system that is scheduled to be up and running by 2010. The program will involve the setting up of 1,000 measuring units across Greece that will transmit information to a single center on the level of electromagnetic radiation it detects. This information will then be posted on the Internet for all residents to access. The technology is being imported from Italy, where a similiar project operates, said the minister. Residents will be able to see electromagnetic radiation levels in their neighborhood and homes, added the minister. Critics, however, argue that the project needs to be handed over to a private company for it to operate efficiently.