Green protesters lodge Valencia GP complaint with Brussels
Environmentalists have filed a complaint against Valencia's plans to build an urban racetrack to host the European Formula 1 Grand Prix next year.
21 December 2007
VALENCIA - Environmentalists and residents' associations have filed a complaint before the European Commission against Valencia's plans to build an urban racetrack to host the European Formula 1 Grand Prix next year.
The groups, who have formed the Formula Verde (Formula Green) association to campaign against the project, allege that City Hall is running roughshod over planning rules that designate at least part of the track's route as a green area. They are also concerned about an increased risk of flooding due to construction work blocking a natural drainage canal.
Valencia authorities argue that no environmental impact plan is necessary for the project because it will only be used "for a few days a year." Regional premier Francisco Camps has promised that Valencia will have the "best urban track in the world."
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Subject: Spanish news