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Hveragerdi Residents Fear Pollution from Power Plants

Representatives of Reykjavík Energy (OR) held a meeting with the inhabitants of Hveragerdi, south Iceland, yesterday to discuss planned power plants in the vicinity of the town. The attendees said they were concerned about pollution.

The OR representatives explained that the planned operations on Hellisheidi, Hverahlíd and Bitra would have a limited impact on the environment. A new method will be used to limit the emission of sulfur into the atmosphere and the buildings required will be designed to fit the landscape surrounding them, Morgunbladid reports.

Many of the Hveragerdi residents who attended the meeting cast doubt on the limited environmental impact of OR’s plans, saying the power plants would cause sound, smell and visual pollution and a popular outdoor recreational area would be ruined.

The Hveragerdi urban planning committee expressed concern that the power plants could compromise the town’s opportunities to use the area for apartment buildings and market it as a tourist destination.

Bergur Sigurdsson, a representative of the NGO Landvernd, the Icelandic Environment Association, criticized OR for its “aggressive” policy on power plants and for not harnessing geothermal energy sustainably.

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