A district court handed state railway firm VR an 80,000 euro fine linked to a tanker derailment accident, resulting in the spillage of tonnes of the fuel additive MTBE.
The District Court of South Savo found the firm responsible for aggravated environmental damage in the incident that took place in the municipality of Mäntyharju in the spring of 2018.
MTBE, or methyl tertiary-butyl ether, is a flammable, volatile and colourless liquid chiefly used as a petrol additive that among other things reduces emissions in combustion engines.
VR previously acknowledged in a written statement that the VR Transpoint logistics division — which was operating as a separate entity — was responsible for the offence.
In its decision, the court said the accident caused significant environmental pollution, a danger to public health and harmful changes to the environment. The pollution caused by the spill was also considered to be widespread and long-lasting.
No individual was singled out as the perpetrator of the crime. The court dismissed charges filed against defendants because the prosecution dropped the charges.
Apart from the court's decision on Tuesday, 25 local landowners are seeking compensation for the spill, claiming a total of just under 600,000 euros in damages.
The court said the civil claims would be dealt with separately, with hearings expected to begin after the summer holiday break.