1.6 Compliance to Icelandic Regulations

Indicator 1.6 - Compliance to Icelandic Regulations

Visir_1_6As a condition of EAI and PHE 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.

The Environmental Operating Permits (EOP) for Fjardaál and Fljótsdalur Power Station state which limits are allowable.

The EOP for Fjardaál is available here in English: Fjardaal EOP in English

The EOP for Fljótsdalur Power Station is available here (only in Icelandic).

Results


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.

  • Category 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.
  • Category 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, and also instances when a comment is made on a breach of regulations, although the seriousness level does not require a special letter with demands.

 

Table 1. Number of Category 2 non - compliance to EOP.

Year \ Company
Alcoa Fjarðaál
Landsvirkjun
 2007  0  0
 2008  2a  0
 2009  0  1b
 2010  0  0
 2011  0  0
 2012  1c  0
 2013  0  0
 2014  0  0
 2015  1d  0
 2016  0  0
 2017  0   0


a In 2008 there were two incidents.  Firstly a report was not sent to EAI within time limits and secondly Fat and oil in sewage was measured beyond allowed limits.

b In 2009, there was a breach of food regulation No. 522/1994 according to inspection PHE in October 2009.  The report stated the breach was double regarding food storage. Improvements have been finalized.

c In 2012 one incidence regarding increased emission of fluorides to the atmosphere was reported at Alcoa Fjarðaál.

d In 2015, there was a breach of EOP article 2.18 when hazardous material was stored outside fenced area.

Updated: October 2018.
Sources
:  Alcoa Fjarðaál (2018), Landsvirkjun (2018), The Environment Agency of Iceland retrieved February 5 2018 from http://www.ust.is/einstaklingar/mengandi-starfsemi/alver/alcoa-fjardaral-reydarfirdi/

  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 to indicator

At annual meeting of the initiative on 30th of April, 2019, the following change was approved.

Original text
Changed text
 

What is measured?

Number of non-compliance per year.

Monitoring Protocol

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

 

What is measured?

Number of non-compliance category 2, per year.

Monitoring 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.



In the forth phase of the initiative it was decided to change the numbers of the sustainability indicators.  This indicator was originally number 34.1 and is referenced as 34.1 in early documents of the project.

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.