Kamo Areyan: Another Week Required to Extinguish Fire in Nibarashen Landfill Site

Kamo Areyan: Another Week Required to Extinguish Fire in Nibarashen Landfill Site

It is already the fifth day that the fire-fighting works have been going on at the Nubarashen landfill site. About 1000 cubic meters of garbage are burned in different furnaces in the area of​​about 5 hectares. "Construction waste is burning in an area of ​​about 1,000 square meters in the construction landfill, which is currently isolated," the press release states.

“It will take another week to extinguish the fire on May 18,” Kamo Areyan, Adviser to Yerevan Mayor, said this on May 22 during the administrative meeting of Yerevan Municipality.

It should be noted that as a result of the fire at Nubarashen dump, dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls, polyaromatic hydrocarbons and other pollutants harmful to human health were released into the atmosphere.

“Realistically, it will take us another week to fully extinguish and stop the smoke from the area. However, I consider our priority task to be to start the process of restoration of the new landfill project quickly," said Kamo Areyan. In response, Deputy Mayor Tigran Avinyan responded that the project for the construction of a new landfill is currently underway. "I suggest to visit the Nubarashen landfill site and make a tour to familiarize yourself with the situation on the spot, if we need additional resources, we will understand where to get them from," he emphasized.

Reminder: in 2015, RA government signed loan agreements with EBRD and EIB, took out a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, an 8 million euro grant from the EU through the Neighborhood Investment Instrument, a 2 million euro grant from the Eastern European Energy Saving and Environment Partnership (E5P).

However, the new landfill has not yet been built. In response to EcoLur's inquiry, Yerevan Municipality informed that the tender for the closure of Nubarashen and Ajapnyak landfill sites and the construction of the new Nubarashen landfill site was canceled on September 1, 2022.

May 22, 2023 at 16:55