Larisa Paremouzyan, Hetq
“GЕО Alaverdi” report drawn up in the frames of UNEP/ GRID-Arendal gave rise to serious concerns in Alaverdi, particularly in Alaverdi concerning general description of the urban environment. According to the report, the emission of harmful substances in Alaverdi is the greatest on par with other towns in the country: Alaverdi - 25176,2 tons, Yerevan - 2989,9 tons, Ararat - , 1776,3 tons, Hrazdan – 1680, 9 tons, Vanadzor - 53,4 tons, Gyumri - 36,8 tons.
99,4% of the emissions consists of sulfuric anhydride, 0,1 % - carbon monoxide. The amount of heavy metals in the emissions makes up 38,6 tons per year.
The main source of emissions is “Armenian Copper Program” CJSC dealing with the production of blister copper and is classified as a first-rank danger.
“We are aware of Geo Alaverdi project and took part in the first stage of the project. We never said that the activity of Alaverdi Copper Smelting Combine in the way it is implemented at present is acceptable in the viewpoint of the protection of environment and this very viewpoint is reflected in the report”, - said GM Gagik Arzumanyan, “We share the concern of the authors of this report and that’s why we intensify our efforts aimed at the protection of environment.”
Gagik Arzumanyan said that one of the company main objectives is the protection of the population health: “I don’t think that inspiring data are given in “Geo Alaverdi” report, meanwhile heavy data are explained by the activity of the combine.”
Under Arzumanyan, the company is working out a plan on transferring the chimney shaft from Alaverdi to the Peak of Koshaberd Mountain to mitigate the impact of emissions on the population in Alaverdi. However, this idea is still under discussion. “When the plan is ready, we will submit it for public discussion,” he said.
September 18, 2009