Alaverdi Copper Smelting Plant Caused Damage of 380 Million AMD to Environment

Alaverdi Copper Smelting Plant Caused Damage of 380 Million AMD to Environment

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RA Nature Protection and Soil Inspection Body has accomplished inspections in Alaverdi Copper Smelting Plant. The damage caused to the environment has made up around 380 million AMD as a result of the pollution of the atmospheric air and water, improper storage of wastes, which has been presented to 'ACP' Company for payment, as Inspection Body Head Arthur Grigoryan posted on his Facebook page. Arthur Grigoryan mentioned that the Inspection Body must give assignments to the company for the purpose of eliminating violations. Assignments shall be discussed through public discussions. 'A prior decision was reached to obligate the company to carry out certain measures to reduce emissions, nevertheless, when discussing this matter with the company representative we came to the conclusion that it is self-deception, which the previous authorities dealt with posing such conditions in parallel with the issued permits in the course of 2013-2017. These are imitational conditions, which couldn't have been performed (reduction in sulfuric anhydride and other elements by 90 and other percents through installing filters and in other manners). Given this situation, we proposed the company to hold a public discussion on this matter in Alaverdi and to present the whole truth and reality to people. The current reality will be presented, as well as possible prospectives of the further activities of the copper smelting plant as a result of the public discussions. The discussion results will help the Inspection to specify the foci of the assignments to be given as a result of the inspection. Personally for me, this is also a serious challenge in terms of ensuring effective public participation in the administration and decision-making process of governmental bodies, which can be a practical demonstration of direct democracy,' Arthur Grigoryan said. The discussion will be at 11:00 on 1 October in Alaverdi Culture House.

14:24 September 28, 2018


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