The water circulation system in “Davazami” tailing dump in Agarak copper and molybdenum combine is not working: the water is dumped into transboundary Aras River, as “Expansion of N1 Tailing Dump in Agarak, Environmental Part” project says, which is currently undergoing environmental expertise.
“GroProMining” mining company, which develops Agarak copper and molybdenum combine, disseminated a statement still on 29 January 2013, which said it had introduced an up-to-date water circulation system in the frames of wide-scale modernization of Agarak copper and molybdenum combine, the budget of which accounted for 4.5 million USD.
“New system of closed water circulation enables completely excluding the leak of technical water into environment, including transboundary Aras River. Multi-stair system includes two separate water basins for cleaning, which are located in the area of Davazami reservoir. Water transfer system ensures natural water circulation from the water basins into the combine and back. The new system will enable significantly reduce the volumes of the clean water used in the production,” the company statement particularly says.
According to the date of the Center for Environmental Impact Monitoring of Nature Protection Ministry, high pollution is observed in the Araks River. The maximum permissible concentration of vanadium has been exceeded 10.2-11.3 times. The maximum permissible concentrations of other elements have also been exceeded.
June 02, 2016 at 18:43