The state prosecutor has today published his decision not to prosecute the employees at UPM Kaukas pulp mill who have been questioned under suspicion of negligent environmental damage concerning the effluent emission at the pulp mill during summer 2003. According to the investigations, the employees were not guilty of any harmful intentions or negligence. According to the prosecutor, exceptional and unexpected problems occurred during the start-up of the pulp mill.
"We are glad that the incident has now been thoroughly investigated and that the decision has been made. During the investigations, Kaukas and UPM's other production plants have engaged in an active learning process aimed at preventing similar incidents from occurring again. Since the incident, we have revised our control systems and reviewed our risk management guidelines to ensure continuous improvement of our operations at all our production plants. In addition, personnel have been further trained," says Harry Sundqvist, Vice President and General Manager.
For further information, please contact:
Mr. Harry Sundqvist, Vice President and General Manager, UPM, Kaukas, tel. +358 204 15 4548
December 31, 2004