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Finland's government decided Friday to grant new public funding for its troubled Talvivaara mine, cancelling a previous plan to permanently close what was once the European Union's biggest nickel mine.The unprofitable mine fell into the state's hands in 2014, when its private operator Talvivaara Sotkamo went bankrupt after two major leaks spilled toxic levels of nickel, cadmium, uranium, aluminium and zinc into nearby lakes and rivers of the Kainuu region, situated around 500 kilometers (300 miles) north of Helsinki.After having invested over 700 million euros ($762 million) of public money in the mine over the years, the government announced last May a plan to begin its gradual shutdown by the end of this year, followed by expensive environmental clean-up operations.
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