In freedom, Celulose Arauco employees remain formalized by contamination in Rio Cruces | National


The five employees of Celulosa Arauco formalized on Monday the supposed responsibility in the Spill on the river Cruces, which caused the death of more than 2 thousand fish in the sector of Rucaco.

The office of local promoter Mariquina informed one manager, three engineers and one operator of the company Celulosa Arauco, the formalization for its alleged responsibility in violation of article 136 of the Law of Fisheries and Aquaculture, for the dumping of a green liquor in the river in 2014.

Attorney Alejadro Ríos indicated that at this stage of the investigation, it was not necessary to request precautionary measures against the accused.

On January 17, 2014, a power outage caused the overflow to a recovery well, the liquor composed of Sodium Carbonate and Sodium Sulphide, highly corrosive and reactive in water.

The prosecutor assured that they were intentionally or at least negligently discharged in the course of the Cruces River.

Judge Francisco Olate explained that this case may not reach the court and may have a penalty up to 3 thousand monthly tax units (UTM).

In addition, the prosecutor mentioned that three people reported having registered skin lesions as a result of that spill.

Neither the defense nor the accused made statements after the hearing. The company, through its communications unit, again ruled out that the operation of the Valdivia Plant was responsible for the facts investigated.

The tax investigation period was 60 days.

This article describes a lawsuit in progress

There is a possibility that the charges will be withdrawn at the end of the investigation, which is why The defendant should not be held guilty. until the court orders a judgment against him.
(Article 04 of the Code of Criminal Procedure)


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