NEW ECOLOGIC THREAT HANGS OVER ALAVERDI

NEW ECOLOGIC THREAT HANGS OVER ALAVERDI

ArmInfo

A new threat hanged over the Armenian town of Alaverdi, the ecology of which is in a deplorable state.

According to Head of OSCE grant programme Larisa Paremuzyan, Alaverdi copper plant intends to transfer the pipeline to Koshaberd, as a result of which new regions within a radius of 2,5 km will be affected by emissions. These regions include Lalvar forest, as well as Odzun and Haghpat settlements.

"I think that transfer of the pipeline just imitates the plant's management concern over the ecology issues", L. Paremuzyan told ArmInfo.

According to the report "Geo Alaverdi - environment and town development", Alaverdi plant annually discharges 25,000 tons of sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere. The soil within the radius of 3 km from the enterprise is contaminated with heavy metals, the concentration of which exceeds the maximum allowable rates from 20 to 40 times. For example, copper concentration exceeds the maximum permissible concentration 32,3 times, and concentration of lead - 16,0 times. Moreover, the soil is contaminated with such elements as mercury, arsenic, molybdenum and nickel.

According to the town residents, the plant's emissions in cloudy and windy weather fall on the town. Moreover, this fog has its specific smell of hydrogen sulfide, sulphur dioxide and natural gas, which is used in production. According to specialists' estimates, just the industrial and photochemical smog is the most aggressive for people's breathing passages. Increase of NO2 gas (nitrogen dioxide) and SO2 (sulphur dioxide) in the atmosphere affects morbidity with bronchial asthma.

October 18, 2010


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