Though Americans seem sensitive to the issue of government’s use of “science” in policy-making, some Icelandic agencies believe it irrelevant (as NOTW mentioned in 2009: Alcoa was required to prove it was protecting Iceland’s underground “hidden people” before it was permitted to build a smelting plant). In September 2014, the municipal government of Fljotsdalsherad accepted its own official “truth” commission’s findings that the legendary Icelandic sea monster Lagarfljotsormur really exists. The monster, said to be about 100 yards long, has been seen slithering as recently as 2012. Government critics accused the council of pandering for tourism business.