On September 30, Jermuk residents' barrister Nazeli Vardanyan filed a motion to RA Administrative Court to ban Lydian Armenia to carry out any activity in Amulsar before conducting a new biodiversity impact assessment.
18 Jermuk residents are demanding to declare the Amulsar Project EIA document as invalid. During the hearing, barrister Nazeli Vardanyan presented to the court the factors mentioned in the ELARD study that were not taken into account in the EIA and the conclusion made by the Minister of Environment Erik Grigoryan in letter consisting of 13 points addressed to the RA Government stating what there are new circumstances that have not been examined.
According to Nazeli Vardanyan, those documents were sent to the respondent on September 25. Zaruhi Zurnachyan, a representative of the Environmental Expertise Center of the RA Ministry of Environment, told the court that she had not received any new documents yet. Representatives of the ministry Yervand Muradyan and Khachatur Khachatryan said they had received the documents a few days ago and are not fully aware of them yet. Sayat Badalyan, a spokesman for Lydian Armenia, said the document had been received by mail several hours before the trial began. They asked the court for time to get acquainted with the materials. The court hearing was postponed. The next meeting is scheduled for October 17.
September 30, 2019 at 22:03