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Environmental Impact of Smelter in Húsavík Assessed

The government has decided that the planned Alcoa aluminum smelter in Bakki near Húsavík, northeast Iceland, will undergo a formal environmental impact assessment and that preparations for constructing the 250,000-ton smelter can begin.

According to head of Nordurthing municipality Bergur Elías Ágústsson, research indicates that there is enough geothermal energy in the area to power a smelter, Morgunbladid reports.

“We did not begin at the wrong end. We first […] examined whether we could meet the energy demands of the smelter,” Ágústsson said, adding it will also be possible to enlarge the smelter later on. “But that will of course be in agreement with the authorities.”

Nordurthing and its neighboring municipalities, Skútustadahreppur, Thingeyjarsveit and Adaldaelahreppur, have undertaken a joint planning of the area where a potential power plant and electricity lines are included.

Ágústsson said the plan is to complete the construction of the smelter in 2015.

Click here to read about another planned smelter in Iceland.

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