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Botnia talks to Latin Business Chronicle about its controversial pulp mill and doing business in Uruguay.


Finland-based Botnia has been the target of consistent attacks from the Argentine government, which is trying to stop it from building a $1.2 billion pulp plant in Uruguay, claiming it will damage the environment. Despite several local and international studies showing no environmental damage, the Argentine government continues its efforts to stop the construction of the Botnia plant. Along the way, it has angered Finnish government officials as well as Uruguays government and opposition. Latin Business Chronicle recently asked Marko Janhunen, Botnias vice president for communications & public relations for the Uruguay project, how the company has reacted to the controversy. We also asked about its views on operating in Uruguay. Here are excerpts:

Are you disappointed that Argentina continues to protest the pulp mills despite the positive environmental impact studies in Uruguay and by the IFC and the World Bank?
We remain confident that people will realize that their present way of life is...

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