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Tue, 23 Sep, 2014 12:04:03 AM
FTimes-STT Report, Sept 23
 
Talvivaara CEO Pekka Pera. Photo – Str / Lehtikuva.
Four officials from the nickel mining firm Talvivaara were charged with environmental crimes on Thursday following finalisation of the indictment.
 
Among the charged are Pekka Perä, the company’s current chief executive, and Harri Natunen, who is its former CEO.
 
In addition, the company has been slapped with a corporate fine.
 
The charges were filed under aggravated environmental impairment. All the four officials have denied the charges.
 
Talvivaara mine. Photo – Str / Lehtikuva.
The environmental charges are related to Talvivaara’s gypsum pond leaks as well as negligence in relation to environmental permits applications for the company’s mines.
 
A massive gypsum pond leakage was detected two years ago in one of Talvivaara’s mines.
 
The case will proceed to the Kainuu District Court. The case has been assigned with two prosecutors, one in Oulu and another one in Kuopio.
 
 
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