EcoLur has addressed a letter to RA Nature Protection Ministry to reject Gladzor mining project, as it doesn’t reflect those requirements, which are necessary for environmental impact assessment and reduction of risks.
“The metals and elements available in Gladzor ore contain serious risks for environment and human health in mining stage: sulfur – 573264 tons, cadmium – 1464 tons, anticipated categories also mention sulfur – 2118116 tons, bismuth – 2983 tons, tellurium – 14460 tons, thallium – 17 tons, which is not mentioned in the project.
The impact of open mines on the drinking and irrigation water springs for Vernashen community is not assessed. Without specialized examinations of uranium reserves, which should be permitted by the states, no one is entitled to give evaluation whether or not there are radioactive elements in the mines,” the letter says.
RA Nature Protection Ministry says in its reply letter, “During the initial stage of the expertise the ranges of probable impact on environment were determined taking into consideration also the requirements of Vernashen community submitted.”
The letter says that they will discuss the matters raised by “EcoLur”, and it will be discussed by the initiator after submitting the project for the main stage of expertise.
“So far the Gladzor mining assessment report hasn’t been submitted to RA Nature Protection Ministry for the main stage of environmental impact assessment,” the letter particularly says.
13:36 August 10, 2016