October 5, 2012
Fluoride concentration in grass near the Alcoa Fjardaál smelter temporarily increased

The outcome of annual sampling of grass in the vicinity of the Alcoa Fjardaál smelter in Reydarfjördur, which was presented to the company on Monday, shows that the fluoride concentration is higher this year than it has been for the past few years. The concentration, however, does not exceed the company‘s set levels in the Environmental Operating Permit (EOP).  Fjardaál has reported the these outcomes to the Environmental and Food Agency (EFA).

A few concurrent factors contributed to these results, including technical failures, which have now been amended. Current measurements confirm that the average concentration is back to normal.

In accordance with Alcoa Fjardaál‘s Monitoring Plan, the possible effects of this temporary increase of fluoride in grass will now be researched.  Fjardaál will continue to work on the resolution of the matter in collaboration with the EFA and stakeholders in Fjardabyggd.

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Monitoring and research

The newest and best available technology was used in the design of the Alcoa Fjardaál smelter to minimize pollution and protect the air, water and soil in Reydarfjördur and vicinity. The company is committed to an extensive monitoring process to evaluate and guard human health and natural resources in the area.
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