143 HPPs out of 184 Operating in Armenia Worked With Gross Violations Over Years: Criminal Case Initiated

143 HPPs out of 184 Operating in Armenia Worked With Gross Violations Over Years: Criminal Case Initiated

Public Relations Department of RA Chief Prosecutor's Office

Department of Protection of State Interests at RA Chief Prosecutor's Office has investigated the state of the protections of state interests in terms of the operation of SHPPs in the territory of Armenia, their electricity operation and delivery process to ENA. RA Chief Prosecutor has filed a report to Armenian Premiere based on the results of the investigation.
It has been detected as a result of the examinations, inspections and supervising functions of the working group established with Armenian Premiere’s decree on 5 September 2018, RA Environmental and Mining Inspection Body, Water Resources Management Agency of RA Nature Protection Ministry that out of 184 SHPPs operating in the territory of Armenia (out of which 147 have been issued their operation licenses by 2014) 143 didn’t have water-measuring devices, which contradict the requirements laid down in the water use permit. In some cases, some SHPPs didn’t adhere to the volumes of environmental flow thus violating permitted amounts by several times, as well as there are no fish-protecting structures and fish passways, if they are, they don’t serve their needs. Facts of exceeding water intake amounts laid down in water use permits by multiple times have also been recorded.

It has been found out that respective officials of RA Nature Protection Ministry, in contrast to the interests of their offices, haven’t taken any measures for years to detect, record the violations in around 143 operating SHPPs in regard with the introduction of devices and equipment required for water use registration, to suspend or annul their permits in case of detecting violations, as well as to impose and change fines prescribed by Article 63.2 of RA Code on Administrative Offences (not performing water use permit requirements) in the amount of about 29,000,000 AMD. As a result, the essential damage has been caused to the legal interests of the state causing heavy consequences.

Taking into consideration the fact that the recorded violations have external properties of a crime, Department of Protection of State Interests at RA Chief Prosecutor's Office has initiated a criminal case based on Article 308(2) of RA Criminal Code. The preliminary investigation is vested on the RA Criminal Investigation Committee.

21:09 November 07, 2018


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