RA Environmental and Mining Inspection
RA Environmental and Mining Inspection thinks it is necessary to present the details of the proceedings initiated over “ArmOil’ CJSC, as well as to comment on the current legal situation. Still on 30 May 2018, the Inspection Body imposed an administrative fine of Alfred Abedi, Director of “ArmOil” CJSC, for the construction of an arbitrary building on the area of industrial significance with 0.6326 ha owned by the company. On 14 June 2018, the company submitted the technical documentation on the oil and bitumen workshops to RA Nature Protection Ministry, nevertheless “Environmental Impact Expert Assessment Center” SNCO sent for amendments and complementing with the substantiation of not complying with RA Law “On Environmental Impact Assessment and Expertise”.
The Inspection reached a decision to initiate administrative proceedings and to appoint an investigation based on the numerous complaints received by the citizens, based on which starting from 19 July 2018 the company should stop the construction of the plant. On 18 July 2018, the company again submitted the design documentation on the plant construction to EIA expert assessment center, which have also been returned for amendments and complementing with the same of the substantiation of not complying with the requirements of the law. On 23 July, the company appealed the decision adopted by the Inspection Body.
In the frames of the administrative appealing proceedings based on the complaint of the company, on 26 July 2018 the Inspection Body Head applied to RA Minister for Economic Development and Investment A. Minasyan and RA Nature Protection Minister Erik Grigoryan for the clarification of the category of the company activities and whether they are subject to EIA assessment.
In reply, Mr. Grigoryan informed that the question whether the activities of the company are subject to the EIA assessment can be determined only after the company submits the amended package, while Mr. Minasyan hasn’t responded to the enquiry of the Inspection Body.
Thus, the positions of all the relevant state bodies made to reach the conclusion that the Inspection Body reached a decision still on 16 July that the aforementioned activity can be carried out only in case of the positive outcome of the EIA expert assessment.
January 22, 2019 at 18:23