Uruguay denied Argentina's claims at the UN's highest court that a pulp mill on a river separating the two countries is polluting the air and water, saying it meets environmental protection standards. Argentina argued last week at the World Court that Uruguay breached a 1975 treaty by authorizing construction of the mill on the River Uruguay without consulting its neighbor. It wants the court to order Uruguay to pay unspecified compensation. Uruguay lawyer Prof. Alan Boyle said that the Finnish-built Botnia mill, Uruguay's largest ever foreign investment project, has "caused no harmful pollution to the river." He said the USD 1.2 billion mill meets strict World Bank standards as well as those applicable to pulp mills built in Europe. (UN News Service)

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