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Talvivaara leak continues

Teams including army conscripts and local volunteers have been working around the clock to stem waste water leaking from a holding pond at the Talvivaara mine at Sotkamo, eastern Finland.

Helikopteri ja pelastushenkilöstöä kipsisakka-altaan vallin päällä.
An air force NH-90 helicopter transporting concrete slabs used to reinforce the mine's gypsum waste water pond. Image: Pekka Moliis / Lehtikuva

On Sunday, the leak continued in a gypsum waste water pond at the mine site.

A company spokesman told Yle that it is expected that a safety dam will be completed during the day. Leakage outside the mining area was stopped late on Sunday.

Operations continued to fully plug the breach in the gypsum waste water pond, even though most of the water had been drained by Sunday afternoon.

Around 200 people were involved in the effort, including soldiers from the Kainuu Brigade and local volunteer fire fighters.

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