Kartchevan community residents in Syunik Region have applied in writing to RA Nature Protection Minister Erik Grigoryan demanding to send a specialist to the community to take samples from the water flowing into the area of “Agarak Copper and Molybdenum Combine” CJSC and to have it for expert assessment, as Kartchevan Community resident Simon Khachikyan told EcoLur. The letter addressed to the minister particularly says, “Mr. Grigoryan, we are asking the Ministry to intervene as a supervising body to send a relevant specialist and to give a final and substantiated solution to this problem.”
Reminder: in February 2019, RA Environmental and Mining Inspection Body initiated administrative proceedings towards 'Agarak CMC' General Director Andrey Sinyakov based on the complaint of Kartchevan residents and found out that groundwater flows of the mine area owned by 'Agarak CMC' CJSC and the water is discharged through the pumps then via plastic pipes. Based on Article 117 of Water Code, the Environmental and Mining Inspection Body demanded to immediately stop the activities causing damage before the elimination of the problem as set in line with the procedure in the code and mentioning about fines if these activities are not stopped.
As Kartchevan residents told EcoLur, the demand of Inspection Body was adhered to for several days only. On 4 April, based on the phone call of the residents the employees of RA Environmental and Mining Inspection Body arrived at the scene, shot the water flowing out of the combine and promised to speak to the administration of the combine demanding to stop the water flow.
“Now the water flow has been stopped: they know when to let it out. There is a reservoir near the combine tunnel. Polluted and excessive water are let out and dumped here, but we don’t need this water, as we don’t know what it contains. Last year I collected completely rotten fruit from my 250 trees, they get infected with fungus, the roots get rotten – how will these trees grow? No, we need a specialist,” Kartchevan resident Ruben Mkrtchyan said.
14:50 April 11, 2019