Alarm Signal: Water Polluted with Heavy Metals and Acidic Drainage Leaking from Armanis Non-Operating Mine Pollute Dzoraget

Alarm Signal: Water Polluted with Heavy Metals and Acidic Drainage Leaking from Armanis Non-Operating Mine Pollute Dzoraget

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The water contaminated with heavy metals and acid drainage leaking out of the territory of Armanis gold-polymetallic mine located in the Lori Region, Armenia, have flown into the Dzoraget, giving a brown color to the river. On July 8, Stepanavan Community Administration beat an alarm signal about the pollution of the river, noting that the water samples taken from the three sections of the river will be sent for examination. “Stepanavan Community Administration urges the mine officials to take urgent measures to prevent this catastrophe,” Stepanavan Community Administration says in its statement on the website.

In 2011 Armanis gold-polymetallic mine started to be developed by Global Metals (ARM) Limited as represented by Sagamar CJSC. Under the agreement PV-093 signed with the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of the Republic of Armenia, the company undertook to ensure the protection of soil, atmosphere, land, forests, water and nature, environmental entities, as well as the protection of historical and cultural monuments from the harmful impact of soil management works. However, both during the operation of the mine and after the termination of the operation of the mine, EcoLur received numerous alarms about the pollution of Dzoraget with mineral wastewater, the decline in the fish.

In 2015, the "Sagamar" company presented the program of expansion of Armanis Mine for environmental expert assessment, received a positive conclusion, but without any substantiation stopped the operation of the mine, although according to the soil management contract, the company had to operate the mine by 2049. In regard to this alarm signal, EcoLur has applied to Environmental Protection and Mining Inspection.

Photo Credit: Stepanavan Municipality

22:44 July 08, 2020


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