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Westman Islands Waste Burning Station Fined

Because the amount of air pollution emitted from the waste burning station in the Westman Islands, off south Iceland, has exceeded the permitted limit up to three times, the station’s management was reprimanded and now fined.


The Westman Islands seen from Surtsey with a view of Eyjafjallajökull glacier. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

They were given a chance to improve the pollution protection mechanism. However, the mechanism was not improved and therefore the Environment Agency of Iceland will issue daily fines as of June 1, Morgunbladid reports.

The fines will amount to ISK 50,000 (USD 438, EUR 305) until August 16 at which time the amount will double if improvements still haven’t been made.

The station’s operations will also be limited to certain weather conditions. The Environment Agency said in a statement that air pollution from waste burning stations is generally considered worse than other air pollution.

According to Fréttabladid, if the fines don’t lead to the necessary improvements within six months, the Environment Agency will completely deprive the waste burning station of its operating license.

Click here to read more about pollution from waste burning stations in Iceland.

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