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South Iceland Inhabitants Protest Sulfur Pollution

By Iceland Review

Reykjavík Energy (OR) is said to have applied to operate on an exemption until 2014 before adopting stricter regulations on sulfur pollution. The local authorities of Hveragerði in south Iceland disapprove.


Hveragerði. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

“OR has been given and will be given continued opportunities to prevent the pollution and fulfill the articles of the regulations. We who live here make the demand that they oblige to it,” Mayor of Hveragerði Aldís Hafsteinsdóttir told Morgunblaðið.

Aldís stated that sulfur pollution has three times exceeded the guideline limit in the past year. “It is absolutely clear that Hveragerði town authorities will with all possible means prevent that locals and others be used as lab rats on how much pollution people can take.”

Minister for the Environment Svandís Svavarsdóttir said OR’s request of postponing the new regulations taking effect has not landed on her desk. She added that she will primarily focus on protecting the overall interests in this matter.

Hveragerði residents have also complained over manmade earthquakes caused when OR pumps excess water from its geothermal power plant back into the ground.

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