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Director of Health: Fewer ill at Kárahnjúkar than previously stated

Director of Health Matthías Halldórsson said about ten Impreglio workers at Kárahnjúkar dam had fallen ill due to pollution in the dam’s influx tunnel, not 180. About 40 had suffered from food poisoning.

Halldórsson reviewed the working conditions at Kárahnjúkar in Iceland’s eastern highlands on Monday. “We were there all day and talked to superiors, shop stewards, a doctor and the workers who had poisonous symptoms,” Halldórsson told Fréttabladid.

“We believe that pollution in the influx tunnel surpassed health limits, probably because more diesel machines were used than previously which pollute the air,” Halldórsson explained.

“Though it is considered serious, we did not consider it necessary to do anything else about this case; the people who were poisoned certainly have their rights,” he concluded.

Halldórsson criticized the work methods of Thorsteinn Njálsson, the senior physician at Kárahnjúkar, for his accusations against Impreglio, which Halldórsson considers exaggerated, misleading and wrong.

Njálsson had compiled a list of 180 Impreglio workers who allegedly had fallen ill due to pollution.

Halldórsson said the list consisted of workers who worked at the dam but not in the tunnels, workers who had left the country long ago and office workers who had never set foot inside the tunnels.

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