RA Nature Protection Ministry replied to the letter of Meghri community residents, where Meghri residents were demanding to annul the expert assessment opinion issued to Litchq copper mining project.
The letter addressed to Meghri residents sent by Vahe Jilavyan, Acting Chief Secretary of Nature Protection Ministry, says, 'Under the EIA report, the Meghri River and Zvaraget are located at a significant distance of the mine, 180 m, and 220 m respectively.
As a result of water-protecting measures planned in the project, the impacts are within the permissible borders.
The drinking water drainage basin is located downwards Meghri community, while the water pipeline runs near the mine, so mining can't have any impact on that. Arevik National Park is located next to this activity, while the nearest border with the open mine is located at a distance of 780 m, felled down trees are planned to be recovered in the area provided by the community in double volumes.
The explosions can't be dangerous for the residents of Litchq Village, as a natural barrier will be formed between the residential area and explosion section in parallel with the enhancement of mining works.
What about the violation of the expert assessment requirement prescribed in the expert assessment opinion of Litchq copper mining project in Syunik Region submitted by 'Tatstone' LLC, I would like to inform that RA Nature Protection Ministry has sent a relevant inquiry to Environmental and Mining Inspection Body. As soon as the reply is received, relevant measures set by law will be taken.'
18:46 February 18, 2019