If Lydian Armenia properly implements the proposed ESIA and ESIA mitigation measures in the Amulsar Project, the environmental risks will be manageable. This was stated by Yura Ivanyan, Head of the Department of Crimes against Corruption, Anti-Property Crimes Division of the Investigative Committee of Armenia, during the press conference on August 26.
“The primary issue in any mining industry is to prevent any kind of contaminated water coming out of the surrounding system, preventing environmental impacts, and corrective measures are in place. According to experts, Lydian's actions are reasonable.
Experts in water and geology have identified a number of shortcomings in the expert assessment report; data gaps are inadequate to draw conclusions. This applies to geology, rock classification, water modeling.
Although the report mentions a number of shortcomings and loopholes, the conclusion must be assessed in the general context whether environmental risks are manageable or not, endangering the environment or not. The whole system of mitigation measures comes to the forefront to prevent possible risks. Experts have found the remedies reasonable. If implemented properly, then the environmental risks will be manageable,” Ivanyan said.
According to him, not only Lydian's research has been studied, but also documents submitted by state bodies, NGOs, environmentalists, international experts, such as data provided by the Institute of Geology of the RA NAS, Harut Bronozian and others.
Ivanyan noted that there was no information on the availability of uranium and thorium in the Amulsar area.
15:31 August 26, 2019