Inhabitants of Gualeguaychú demonstrate against the paper mill UPM

Argentina, April 29, 2012

The inhabitants of Gualeguaychú marched on Sunday against the Finnish UPM paper mill, crossing the Uruguayan town of Fray Bentos. 

Gualeguaychú’s Environmental Assembly stated that “in his 1,500 days of operation the industry dumped more than 38,000 tons into the air and over 30,000 tonnes of toxics to the Uruguay River.”

And they added that “escaped due to tank leakage and breakage of equipment, an important but unknown amount of black liquor, supplies and toxic compounds in the water system.”

The mobilization was in the General San Martín bridge, which links Fray Bentos to Gualeguaychú, as is it their eighth demonstration since 2005.

Among the tenets of the protest are included the “responsible use” of the Uruguay River basin to keep it free of pollution from paper mills as well as UPM (former-Botnia).

The Governments of Argentina and Uruguay to overcome the conflict signed in July 2010 an agreement to control the Uruguay River after the International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled that there was insufficient evidence that the Finnish paper pollute the environment.

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