Finland mining CEO charged with environmental crime


The CEO of the beleaguered Talvivaara mine gets more bad news. (Kalle Heikkinen / Yle)
The CEO of the beleaguered Talvivaara mine gets more bad news. (Kalle Heikkinen / Yle)
Eastern Finland’s District Prosecutor Heikki Ylisirniö has pressed charges against Pekka Perä, the CEO of the Talvivaara mine, for harming the environment.

The plaintiff in the case is the Kainuu ELY Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment.

Talvivaara CEO Pekka Perä is being charged for a decision to pump industrial effluents to the Kuusilampi open excavation between 19 December 2013 and 31 January 2014.

In the preliminary investigation, Perä has denied being guilty of any crime.

The prosecutor has requested to have the case be heard in a District Court trial under way, dealing with Talvivaara environmental crime and possible claims for industrial effluent emissions.

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