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2003-06-13, 11:24
 - Non regulatory

Vallvik Mill has requested leave to appeal to the Supreme Court, petitioning for the Environmental Protection Agency’s appeal to be disallowed such that the Environmental Court’s 2001 ruling still stands.

The case hinges on the legal interpretation and application of the term best possible/available technology. It also concerns the matter of individual examination and what must or should be taken into consideration based on the requirements of knowledge and environmental impact assessment, thereby bringing three grounds to the fore: best possible technology, individual examination and knowledge/environmental impact assessment.

An investment programme is currently under way in line with the ruling by the Environmental Court. The majority of these investments are expected to be taken into operation in September this year and will have a positive effect on the environment as early as 2003 and 2004.

The alternative of biological purification combined with the environmental investments in progress is currently the subject of environmental, technical and economic evaluations.

The objective of producing paper pulp with less impact on the environment is a strategically important issue for Vallvik Mill and the other units in the Rottneros Group.

For further information contact Lars Blecko on tel. +46 (0)70-641 49 10

Upplands Väsby, 13 June 2003

Lars Blecko

President and CEO

Rottneros is one of the world’s leading independent manufacturers of market pulp. The Group consists of the parent company, Rottneros AB, which is listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, along with its subsidiaries of Rottneros Rockhammar AB, Utansjö Bruk AB and Vallviks Bruk in Sweden as well as Rottneros Miranda, S.A. in Spain, with activities involving production and sales of market pulp, Rockhammar Timber AB, which produces and sells sawn timber, plus the raw materials purchasing company of Rottneros Baltic SIA in Latvia. The Group has a total of 864 employees and a turnover of approximately SEK 2.5 billion.

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