19 May 2017

Higher Regional Court Dismisses Complaint Brought by Public Prosecutor’s Office

Water Pollution Accusations Baseless

In a decision delivered today, the Jena Higher Regional Court dismissed a complaint filed by the Meiningen public prosecutor’s office. The complaint concerned a decision rendered by the Meiningen Regional Court in September 2016. The decision rejected a motion filed by the public prosecutor’s office seeking the opening of trial proceedings in connection with the alleged commissioning of criminal acts involving the injecting of saline wastewater into the Gerstungen trough in the years 1999 through 2007. At the same time, it also dismissed a motion from the public prosecutor’s office to make K+S Aktiengesellschaft a party to the proceedings and, in addition, canceled various confiscation orders on the grounds that the extensive searches conducted in homes and business premises were illegal.

The decision made by the Meiningen Regional Court not to proceed to trial has been upheld. The decision rendered by the higher regional court confirms our view that the charges were baseless and that the permits that were issued for the injection of saline wastewater are legally valid.

About K+S

K+S is an international resources company. We have been mining and processing mineral raw materials for more than 125 years. The products we produce from them are used worldwide in agriculture, food and road safety and are important elements in numerous industrial processes. Potash and salt are integral nutrients for the megatrend of a constantly growing and increasingly prosperous global population striving for a higher standard of living. This will result in increasing consumption of mineral resources. We serve the resulting growth in demand from production sites in Europe, North America and South America as well as through a global distribution network. K+S is the world’s largest salt producer and one of the top potash providers worldwide. With more than 14,000 employees, K+S achieved revenues in financial year 2016 of about € 3.5 billion and an EBIT of € 229 million. Learn more about K+S at www.k-plus-s.com.

Ulrich Göbel

Spokesman German Sites/Group Companies

Phone: +49 561 9301 1722
ulrich.goebel@k-plus-s.com

Ulrich Göbel
Spokesman German Sites/Group Companies

Bertha-von-Suttner Str. 7
34131 Kassel
Germany

Phone: +49 561 9301 1722
Fax: +49 561 9301 1666
ulrich.goebel@k-plus-s.com

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