Controversial Icelandic dam delayed

Iceland's national energy authority has announced a delay before construction can begin of the controversial Nordlingaolduveita dam in the country's south. The facility is intended to provide hydroelectric power for an extension of an aluminium plant. As originally planned, the dam would have flooded parts of the Thjorsarver wetlands, an important conservation area. Changes have been made to the project since a first version failed to win approval after being subjected to an environmental impact assessment. See statement.

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