I received 2 mails from the President of the Icelandic Nature Conservation Association, Arní Finnssson, yesterday (24. 08.
2001). The texts are given below:
"Subject: RE: PROACT ICELAND
see our website for an English translation of the ruling on the Karahnjukar Project.
We did win. Thank you for
your involvement and contribution.
Best wishes, Arni.
See the link below for the full text. The final paragraph reads:
In accordance with Article
11 of the EIA Act, No. 106/2000, the Planning Agency has examined the materials submitted by the National Power Company when
notification of the proposed project was made under Article 10 of the same act, and also specialist opinions, comments, criticisms
and replies to these made by the National Power Company.
With reference to the Planning Agency's conclusions, which
are presented in Section 5 of this Ruling, the agency opposes the Kárahnjúkar Power Plant of a capacity of up to 750 MW, as
proposed in two stages and four sub-projects, on grounds of its considerable impact on the environment and the unsatisfactory
information presented regarding individual parts of the project and its consequences for the environment.
National Planning Agency Ruling
I congratulated them on Proact's behalf and added:
"..Our involvement was on a small scale, and fairly
late in the campaign; but every little helps these days. We are always here when you need us in future."
begun to celebrate when the second mail arrived! It began:
"Well, I do think your (Proact's) contribution was
worth a lot.
Would it be possible to direct some attention to Norsk Hydro in order to force the company to withdraw from
the project? It is something which really could have effect."
The mail went on: