Published November 8, 2013
Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources Sigurður Ingi Jóhansson announced today that the final steps are being taken to repeal changes to the Law on Natural Protection.
RÚV reports that the minister has finalised a bill which would reverse the expansions made to the law by the previous government that were to go into effect next year. If passed, the repealing will go into effect on April 1, 2014.
If the bill is voted into law, the Law on Natural Protection will retain its original form, but none of the new changes made will apply.
Sigurður has expressed reservations about the expanded law, including a decision to increase the protected area around Þjórsá River from 375 square kilometres to 1,563. The minister objected to the expansion, saying that it hurt business interests.
Last September, he announced that the Law on Natural Protection as a whole would be reviewed, saying that the foundation for the law was “flawed”.