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Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) says he is confident that environmental and process-related risks are now under control at the nickel mine of Terrafame in Sotkamo.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) says he is confident that environmental and process-related risks are now under control at the nickel mine of Terrafame in Sotkamo.

Ville Niinistö, the chairperson of the Green League, has slammed Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) for his statements about the nickel mine of Terrafame in Sotkamo.

Sipilä stated after visiting the state-owned mine earlier this week that “a miracle has been performed in Sotkamo,” estimating that shutting down the nickel mine is no longer an option for the Government, according to YLE.

“When we were first making our decisions, we were simultaneously faced with environmental risks, process-related risks and economic risks,” he said in an interview with the national broadcasting company on Monday.

“It was a very difficult time for decision-making, but luckily we were confident that the problems can be solved. Now, the environmental risks seem to be well under control, as do the process-related ones.”

Sipilä also voiced his confidence that the ongoing negotiations with private investors will be successful and revealed that the recent decision to grant Terrafame, a wholly state-owned special-purpose company established to take over the mining operations from Talvivaara, an additional 100 million euros in funding should be the last state-granted cash injection it can expect.

Niinistö reminds that the mining operations continue to cost taxpayers ten million euros a month.

“It is a miracle indeed,” he writes on Facebook. “The Government is cutting education and research spending by hundreds of millions, […] [and] slashing the basic security of pensioners, students and the unemployed.”

“Finland has a premier who is proud to demonstrate how taxpayers' money is being poured into a mine that has racked up almost one billion euros in losses and struggled with environmental problems – while wearing a Terrafame knit cap,” slams Niinistö.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Kimmo Rauatmaa – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi

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