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UPM FRAY BENTOS PULP MILL DOES NOT IMPACT ON URUGUAY RIVER

The recent report by CARU (Comisión Administradora del Río Uruguay) confirms that the UPM Fray Bentos mill fulfils the strictest environmental criteria and the operation of the pulp mill does not have an impact on the Uruguay River. CARU published its monitoring results in November 2016, corresponding to 50 inspections carried out since 2011.

The monitoring work includes the mill’s effluent discharge to the Uruguay River, as well as water quality in the river itself and at the mouth of the Gualeguaychú River. The cumulative environmental data proves that the mill fulfils all the environmental criteria set by the authorities. All together there have been 67 inspections up to December 2016.

UPM is happy that the results are finally published by CARU. For UPM, it is important that the performance of the mill has been ratified. The performance is in line with the environmental results of all of the monitoring processes conducted by government and independent sources and which have been publicly available on the company’s website since the start-up of the mill in November 2007. At the same time, UPM further reinforces its commitment to comply with Uruguayan law and international standards, operating the mill in a sustainable manner.

CARU is a permanent joint organisation between Uruguay and Argentina that directs and regulates the objectives and interests of both countries in the shared segment of the Uruguay River.

In addition, a report on a 10-year study of the water quality and biology of the Uruguay River was published in 2016. The results show that there have been no differences in fish numbers, abundance or biomass between the reference areas and the receiving area adjacent to the pulp mill effluents. The study was conducted by the Faculty of Sciences of Uruguay and international experts and reviewed by the National Environment Directorate of Uruguay (DINAMA).

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