Pollution In West Fjörds Becoming Serious Problem

Published January 4, 2011

A member of parliament has asked that the Environmental Committee convene to address evidence of highly toxic dioxin gas being released by a garbage incinerator near Ísafjörður, which has caused both environmental damage to the region and possibly contributed to health problems among the residents. The incinerator was shut down permanently on January 1, following the discovery.
Eyjan reports that Social Democrat MP Ólína Þorvarðardóttir has called for the meeting, pointing out that the incinerator Funi, in the West Fjörds town of Ísafjörður, has been damaging the environment for years with the release of dioxin gas. People living in the area have also reported health problems associated with dioxin.
Strangest of all, the matter was not brought to light by health officials but actually by a regional dairy manufacturer, which found highly poisonous levels of dioxin in cow’s milk. Following up on this, it was discovered that emissions from Funi have never been accurately gauged, and that dioxin levels in the area were up to 20 times over the safe limit.
Ólína has asked the committee to get to the bottom of how this could have been allowed to continue for as long as it has, and what steps must now be taken.
Dioxins are a group of chemicals with varying levels of toxicity, damaging to liver and kidneys, and can have serious long-term health effects. TCDD, the poison that was used against former Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko, is for example a dioxin, and was also an active ingredient of the infamous Vietnam War-era pesticide Agent Orange.



News
Asylum Applicants Announce Protest At Interior Ministry On Monday

Asylum Applicants Announce Protest At Interior Ministry On Monday

by

Asylum seekers, united in the Asylum Seekers Support Group, have announced a solidarity protest action at the Ministry of the

News
Hallgrímskirkja Will Not Tolerate “Love Locks”

Hallgrímskirkja Will Not Tolerate “Love Locks”

by

Love padlocks will not be tolerated in the church tower of Hallgrímskirkja. On Saturday, Mbl.is reported that the first “love

News
Fitch Revises Iceland’s Outlook to Positive

Fitch Revises Iceland’s Outlook to Positive

by

Fitch Ratings has revised Iceland’s outlook to Positive from Stable and affirmed the IDRs at ‘BBB’ and ‘BBB+’, respectively, reports

News
The Páll Óskar Exhibition Opening Today

The Páll Óskar Exhibition Opening Today

by

An exhibition at the Icelandic Museum of Rock n’ Roll honouring Icelandic pop artist Páll Óskar will open its doors

News
PHOTOS: Fencing at Reykjavík International Games

PHOTOS: Fencing at Reykjavík International Games

by and

The Reykjavík International Games Fencing competition took place on January 24 & 25 at the Fencing Centre in Laugardal. This

News
PHOTOS: Uphill Duel Cycling at Reykjavík International Games

PHOTOS: Uphill Duel Cycling at Reykjavík International Games

by and

The Uphill Duel cycling competition took place on January 23 in downtown Reykjavík. Cyclists duelled each other and the weather

Show Me More!