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Disposal of Polluted Soil near Spring Area Criticized

Head of the water quality department of the beverage producer Ölgerd Egils Skallgrímssonar, Sigurdur Thórdarson, said it is unacceptable that oil-polluted soil is disposed of on Hólmsheidi near Reykjavík’s cold spring area Gvendarbrunnar.

The soil in question has been removed from Vatnsmýri, near Reykjavík’s domestic airport where a new building for Reykjavík University is about to be constructed, Morgunbladid reports.

Lúdvík Gústafsson, head of pollution control at Reykjavík City Environment Division, which supervises the soil disposal, said he believes the disposal is not dangerous because the purification area on Hólmsheidi has a leak-proof underlay.

“I consider this matter much more serious than that someone ‘believes’ it is not dangerous,” Thórdarson said. “That area is very close to Gvendarbrunnar and is on a higher level. It is also known that this area has crevices everywhere, but no one knows exactly where they lead to.”

Thórdarson said a different area should have been used for soil disposal after the Environment Division discovered it was polluted.

“I think they are taking a risk that shouldn’t be taken. This is a future cold spring area for nearly half the population,” Thórdarson said. “Apart from that, companies like ours are using water from that area and have invested great amounts of money in marketing. It would be terrible if this area would be destroyed.”

Thórdarson added a few years ago he sent a written complaint to the former Minister of Environment about the off-road drivers who were driving in Jósefsdalur valley, near Gvendarbrunnar, but did not receive a reply.

“This area is being cornered off from many directions,” Thórdarson concluded.

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