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The Iceland Review ("Iceland's Publishers for the World") is an online magazine summarising the daily news in Iceland's media.

Cut and paste the text below and send it to the following address(es)by email, fax or post:

[A Proact Team letter, with currently 235 signatures, will also be sent in addition to individual contributions]

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Telefax: +354 522 2022


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TIME TO RECONSIDER?

Iceland Review
Su­urlandsbraut
12 ReykjavÝk
Iceland

Dear Ms. Benediktsdottir,


Earlier this year the Icelandic Nature Conservation Association, Nßtt˙ruverndarsamt÷k ═slands, appealed to conservationists worldwide to support them in their campaign to prevent the irreversible environmental damage that would be caused if the Kßrahnj˙kavirkjun hydroelectric project was to go ahead without consideration of the environmental impact.

Very many of us wrote to the State Planning Agency (Skipulag), the Environment Minister, Siv Fridleifsdottir, and Norsk Hydro (who need the hydroelectric project for their planned aluminium smelting plant). We received no reply from any of these organisations. Environmental protection and international concern is obviously not very high on their list of priorities.

Some of us did receive a reply from The National Power Company of Iceland, Landsvirkjun, who stated i.a.:

"We did extensive research on the habitat of all forms of life in the area affected, including birdlife. ..... The conclusion of that research is that your fear for birdlife and endangered species is groundless. Effects on bird habitats will be minimal ..... ."

We are therefore delighted to read the results of the environmental impact study which have now been made public by the Environmental Planning Agency. This report clearly identifies the grave consequences for the environment should the project go ahead as planned.

We hope that the responsible ministries and agencies do not ignore, or act against, the findings of this report. We also hope that the reports from Iceland that speak of a smear campaign at the highest level against the EPA, in order to discredit its findings, are unfounded. The credibility of your elected representatives would suffer irredeemably, both in Iceland and the rest of the world, as a result. We hope that they will act courageously in this matter and not be diverted from this to serve shabby, short term personal and political interests. We will be following developments closely.

We have again written to all concerned to appeal to their common sense and to take this opportunity to reconsider the Kßrahnj˙kavirkjun project.

In the hope that your national decision-makers will stick courageously to the ruling of the EPA, and secure the unspoilt regions of your magnificent environment for the benefit of future generations of Icelanders - and for the common European natural heritage, we remain,

Yours sincerely


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