Pulp and Paper Canada

News
Environmental concerns halt pulp mill construction


March 28, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Environmental concerns have stopped construction of a massive pulp mill in its tracks.

Environmental concerns have stopped construction of a massive pulp mill in its tracks.

Metsa-Botnia has suspended its building of the Uruguay facility for 90 days to allow Uruguay and Argentina to study the environmental ramifications of the project.

Advertisment

According to a report by News.com.au, the decision to hold off on the construction comes on the heels of months of protests by Argentines living near the plants, who are concerned that mill effluents will contaminate their water and air.

News.com.au further confirmed that the dispute has had political consequences as well. Uruguayan president Tabare Vazquez promised he would request suspension of the project if Beunos Aires would get protesters to stop their blockades of a main highway leading into Uruguay from Argentina.

The blockades were lifted last week, and on March 29, Vazquez will be meeting with Argentine president Nestor Kirchner to discuss what comes next.


Print this page

Related



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*