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Environment Minister: Not a Reason to Resign

svandissvavarsdottir_althingiMinister for the Environment Svandís Svavarsdóttir does not consider the Supreme Court’s ruling that her decision to reject the environmental impact assessment for the Urridafoss hydropower plant was illegal an indictment on her work.

The minister’s resignation has been called for by, among others, Social Democrat treasurer and lawyer Magnús M. Norddahl, who said she had two options: To apologize to the nation or step down, visir.is reports.

Others who share his opinion are reporter Gunnar Smári Egilsson, who argued on RÚV‘s political chat program Silfur Egils yesterday that Svavarsdóttir had abused her power and should therefore resign.

Social Democrat MP Mördur Árnason defended Svavarsdóttir, reasoning that she had simply wanted to test the legality of the national power company Landsvirkjun’s work methods to pay for the power plant’s preparation.

Svavarsdóttir is also supported by Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir, who told visir.is that it had been right to clear up the legal uncertainty in this matter.

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