Argentina and Uruguay denied the reports of pollution published by the Uruguayan press
Argentina, August 21, 2011
Today, the presidents of the delegations of both Argentina and Uruguay denied to the Commission of the Rio Uruguay (CARU, for its acronym in Spanish) the versions of the Uruguayan press who claim that the Industrial Park Gualeguaychú pollutes more than UPM (ex Botnia).
The statement was released jointly by Hernán Orduna, Argentine leader and Gaston Silbermann, representative of Uruguay, and claimed that “we categorically denies these versions and express the Binational Scientific Committee has not submitted to CARU reports for the studies that have been done”.
The accusation goes to the Montevideo newspaper El Pais, published on the basis of “official” sources but not cited, arguing that the UPM pulp mill does not pollute, unlike Gualeguaychú’s Industrial Park.
According to the newspaper, the CARU would have delayed the release of the report by the differences between Argentine and Uruguayan members charged with carrying out the analysis.
Thus, both delegations argued that until “the reports are not submitted to CARU and this institution makes them public, in accordance with bilaterally approved procedures, news reports that are circulating are invalid and did not match with reality”.