UPM have sent compensation proposals for last summer's effluent emissions to 580 beach land owners. The amount of the compensation varies between 200 and 1700 euros depending on the affected area. The compensation covers disturbances in the recreational use of the estate (e.g. swimming, use of water for washing, fishing etc) caused by the emissions during the July to September period of 2003. According to the established legal praxis on the compensation for effluent emissions, no permanent loss of real estate value is deemed to have taken place as a result of the short-term release, which is confirmed in the statement by Erkki Hollo, professor of environmental justice at Helsinki University.
If individual landowners accept the offer by March 15, 2004, the matter will not be forwarded to the ongoing criminal investigation or eventual trial.
The landowners have also claimed compensation for the loss of rental income and for losses related to non-recreational issues; these claims will be processed separately.
Agreements for compensation have already been made with communities of the water basin owners in the affected area except for a few minor regions.
Information on the locations of the estates and landowners have been retrieved from maps and data provided by the National Land Survey of Finland.
Mr Esa Simpura, Environmental Manager, UPM Kaukas, tel. +358 204 15 4244
Ms Kerttu Haapamäki, Group Legal Council, UPM, tel. +358 40 589 6722, after 17:00
February 18, 2004