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Court upsets Icelandic aluminium smelter plan

A Reykjavik court has put a new obstacle in the way of a controversial aluminium production plant currently under construction in east Iceland. A big increase in projected air emissions due to changes in planned pollution controls was sufficient to require a new environmental impact assessment, the court ruled. Iceland's planning agency had previously decided against mandating a new EIA for the Fjardaral plant. Its owner, Alcoa plus Iceland's environment ministry have appealed against the ruling to the country's supreme court. See news report and background on the case posted by an environmental group.

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