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Sewage Pollution at East Iceland Hotels

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Sewage Pollution at East Iceland Hotels

Fosshotel Jökulsárlón

Fosshótel Jökulsárlón. Photo: Fosshotel/Facebook.

The Public Health Authority of East Iceland has commented on the poor sewage treatment of two hotels in Southeast Iceland belonging to the Fosshótel chain, RÚV reports. The sewage treatment stations work poorly and the installation of one was in violation of agreements made upon the construction of the hotel. The Authority is reproaching the company for not working in accordance with operating licenses. Each hotel has been given a deadline to resolve the situation.

The Public Health Authority discussed the state and installation of the sewage treatment stations at the two hotels in a meeting earlier this month. The meeting minutes state that sewage had polluted the surface of the ground at Fosshótel Vatnajökull, requiring the sewage station to be emptied and inspected. The Authority met with the company on July 6th and confirmed that sewer systems were not in accordance with the operating license. Following the meeting, the company proposed improvements, which are to be completed by November 20th.

At Fosshótel Jökulsárlón, the new sewage treatment station has not been working as it should and the first sampling, in accordance with operating regulations, has yet to be carried out. The Authority has requested the sampling be carried out before the end of this month.

Fosshótel Vatnajökull recently underwent renovations and was enlarged by more than 50 percent. Fosshótel Jökulsárlón was completed and went into operation just over one year ago. The two hotels are owned and operated by Íslandshótel Inc. Their environmental policy can be found on their website.

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