Air Pollution Protest in the Mt Blanc Area
On Saturday, December 3, the highway traffic leading to the Mont Blanc tunnel was blocked for an hour by environmentalists.
This action was made at the call of the
ARSMB (Association for the Respect of the Mont Blanc Site).
The ARSMB said that more than hundred fifty people were mobilized early in the afternoon, nearby le Fayet, to denounce the growing pollution in the Arve valley. Indeed, the valley
is just coming out of a 22 days warning period due to heavy fine particles pollution.
According to the association, during the same period the truck traffic in the Mont Blanc tunnel would have exceeded the light vehicles traffic, reaching up to 2500 trucks per day.
The protesters were asking for an appointment with the prefecture demanding to be involved in the atmosphere protection plan, currently under development. They were expecting to meet the Haute-Savoie department authorities, Monday, December 5.