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The Environment Agency of Iceland (EAI) and East Iceland Office for Public Health and Environment (PHE) handles surveillance and monitoring according to the Environmental Operating Permit (EOP), laws and regulations which cover the operation of the two companies. Non - compliances are instances when the companies fail to fulfill the requirements set in the EOP.

The EFA defines two levels of seriousness for non - compliances, when regular surveillance is performed.

  1. In the surveillance report, the agents can comment on issues which could be improved, but are not considered serious breaches of regulations or the EOP. The EAI and PHE can also offer advice for improvement.
  2. If the breach is serious, a letter is sent to the company with demands for improvement.

Instances which the EAI or PHE places in the second category, are counted.

Number of deviations in category 2 where the requirements of the operating license are not met.

  • In 2008 there were two incidents at Alcoa Fjarðaál. Firstly a report was not sent to EAI within time limits and secondly Fat and oil in sewage was measured beyond allowed limits.
  • In 2009 there was a breach of food regulation No. 522/1994 (Landsvirkjun) according to inspection PHE (Regulation no. 522/1994 on food control and hygiene). Report from PHE (Icelandic only)
  • In 2012 one incidence regarding increased emission of fluorides to the atmosphere was reported at Alcoa Fjarðaál. Report from EAI (Icelandic only) .
  • In 2015 there was a breach of EOP article 2.18 (Alcoa Fjarðaál) when hazardous material was stored outside fenced area. Report from EAI (Icelandic only)
  • In 2018 there was a breach of EOP article 2.12 (Alcoa Fjarðaál) – Storage of oil-mixed liquids on a gravel area wihtout sewerage system. Report from EAI (Icelandic only) .
  • In 2019 there was a breach of EOP article 2.4 (Alcoa Fjarðaál) -  dust emissions from dust collectors in the port area were above the limit. Report from EAI (Icelandic only).

Updated: May 14, 2020
Source: Landsvirkjun (2015-2020), Alcoa Fjarðaál (2014-2020).

Metrics, Targets and Monitoring Protocol

What is measured?

Number of non-compliances per year. (Project effect: direct).

Monitoring Protocol

Fjardaál and Landsvirkjun monitor this indicator. Every instance is recorded.

Target

Zero non-compliances.

Possible countermeasures

If a breach in the law or regulations occurs, it's the duty of the companies to do amelioration. The companies observe regulations and laws and is there for able to effect frequency of such incident.

Changes of indicator

In annual general meeting April 30, 2019 a change in wording was approved.

Table 1. Changes accepted in annual general meeting 2019
Orginal text Changed text
What is measured?

Number of non-compliance per year.

What is measured?

Number of non-compliance category 2, per year.

Moniotring Protocol

Fjardaál and Landsvirkjun monitor this indicator. Every instance is recorded

Moniotring Protocol

The Environment Agency of Iceland (EAI) and East Iceland Office for Public Health an Environment (PHE) handles surveillance and monitoring for this indicator

Rationale for changes: The previous measure is too broadly defined and unrealistic. The number of incidents, category 2, regarding the Environmental Operating Permit (EOP) has been monitored, and this is in accordance with the criteria for choosing an indicator referring to EOP.


This indicator was originally number 34.1. It was then named Compliance with Icelandic Standards and Legislation and can be found under that number in documents of the project from 2005 and 2006.

The indicator number has been changed twice.

Table 1. Changes to name and number of indicator
Year Nr. Indicator name
2020 4.2.2 Compliance to Icelandic regulations
2007 1.6 Compliance to Icelandic Regulations

Baseline

Basic condition: No deviation.

Rationale for Indicator Selection

As a condition of EIA approval, Alcoa and Landsvirkjun agree to comply with and follow all Icelandic standards and legislation associated with the construction, operation, and maintenance of their facilities.

From phase I/II report on indicators and baseline from April 2005

Further reading

Starfsleyfi fyrir álver Alcoa Fjarðaáls sf

Starfsleyfi fyrir álver Alcoa Fjarðaáls sf

2010

Starfsleyfi fyrir álver Alcoa Fjarðaáls sf., Hrauni 1 í Reyðarfirði.Kt. 520303-4210.

Gefið út af Umhverfisstofnun í samræmi við ákvæði laga nr. 7/1998, um hollustuhætti og mengunarvarnir, og reglugerðar nr. 785/1999, um starfsleyfi fyrir atvinnurekstur sem getur haft í för með sér mengun.

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