ELARD’s Opinion: Amulsar Open Mines and HLF Located in Immediate Impact Zone of Lake Sevan

ELARD’s Opinion: Amulsar Open Mines and HLF Located in Immediate Impact Zone of Lake Sevan

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“The seismic hazard risk is high for the Project Area…. 

The Mine pits and BRSF are within the Lake Sevan Immediate Impact Zone. Catastrophic earthquakes can cause a release of mine contact water and adversely impact groundwater and surface water within the Lake Sevan Immediate Impact Zone, particularly during the operation phase when large quantities of contact water are stored in ponds. Such releases will contaminate nearby springs and the Arpa River.

The significance of the impacts on the Kechut and Vorotan Reservoirs and Darb River (and Sevan Lake) is uncertain because the models in the ESIA did not evaluate or quantify these impacts. Under certain circumstances, however, especially if releases occur post closure, such impacts can be limited due to the relatively smaller volume of contact water that will be released from the Mine compared to the significantly larger water volume in the watershed, including the Kechut and Spandaryan Reservoirs and Sevan Lake. Due to the hydraulic and physical setting, the Mine water will not impact Jermuk springs,” says the report on complex examination within criminal case on willful concealing of information about pollution of environment related to exploitation of Amulsar gold mine conducted by the expert group of Advanced Resources Development (ELARD).

18:41 August 14, 2019


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