The M.U.O.S. (Mobile User Objective System) is a military telecommunication system of the U.S.A. Navy. A constellation of five satellites covers the whole world, whereas ground communication is granted by four stations, one of which il located in Niscemi, Sicily. Each ground station hosts three parabolic antennas, about 18.4 metres wide, and two elicoidal antennas about 149 metres high. The MUOS will be used to coordinate and command all USA military systems around the world, especially drones, the unmanned aircrafts that will be hosted in Sigonella, Sicily.
Sicilian citizens and No MUOS activists are worried about consequences of the installation of this system on: human health, the ecosystem of the Sughereta di Niscemi, the quality of agricultural production, right to mobility and to the development of territory, right to peace and security of our homeland and of its inhabitants.
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ARPA, Regional Environmental Protection Agency, is a public agency for prevention and reduction of environmental pollution. On an input from local institutions, the Sicilian ARPA agency (sometimes referred to as ARPAS) run a monitoring campaign of EM radiations from the antennas already operating in the NRTF-8 military base, Niscemi, Sicily. The Italian Environment Ministry endorsed the conclusions of a scientific study by Zucchetti and Coraddu, that showed that the campaign was not run in compliance to the Italian law. Local institutions were asked to "ascertain that exposure limits established by current regulations are respected [...] postpone any conformity judgement about both facilities (NRTF and MUOS) to those evaluations".