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Record pollution in Akureyri

Air pollution in Akureyri, in northeast Iceland, reached higher levels than expected in January and February and surpassed the health protection limit on 13 occasions, which is 57 percent of the pollution quota in one year.

“These are shocking numbers and this is a very serious matter,” Jón Birgir Gunnarsson, project leader of environmental issues at the Akureyri town council told Morgunbladid.

Air pollution is measured in micrograms per cubic meter over 24 hours. In the first two months of 2007 air pollution in Akureyri reached 281 micrograms per cubic meter once and surpassed 200 on five occasions.

For comparison, pollution levels in Reykjavík never surpassed 200 micrograms per cubic meter over 24 hours in the entire year 2006 or in January or February this year.

According to regulations, pollution is allowed to surpass the health protection limit on 23 days in 2007, fewer than last year.

Authorities in Akureyri are expected to take similar measures as in Reykjavík to reduce pollution by spreading a mixture of magnesium chloride on the roads. It is a type of salt that prevents dust from rising in the air.

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