Tails of Agarak Copper and Molybdenum Combine Flown into Orchards of Kartchevan Residents

Tails of Agarak Copper and Molybdenum Combine Flown into Orchards of Kartchevan Residents

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Kartchevan residential area residents, Meghri Community, Syunik Region, have applied in writing to RA Nature Protection Minister Erik Grigoryan, General Director of ‘Agarak Copper and Molybdenum Combine’ CJSC Andrey Sinyakov and Meghri Mayor Mkhitar Zaqaryan demanding to solve the problem with regular pollution of their land areas by the combine.

The letters says that the industrial wastewater flowing out of the mine belonging to ‘Agarak Copper and Molybdenum Combine’ CJSC get into the riverbed of the Kartchevan River because of wrong water discharge, flow into the orchards of Kartchevan residents and intoxicate their land areas making them unusable, while the crops adverse for health. This wastewater leaves a thick layer of residue on the land areas containing heavy metals.

On 5 March, a letter was sent to General Director of ‘Agarak Copper and Molybdenum Combine’ CJSC, nevertheless, the letter has remained unanswered so far.

The leak of the wastewater flowing out of the mine stopped after 7 March. The residue, which is 10-20 cm thick because of the wastewater flowing for months have already managed to spoil the land areas of Kartchevan residents. Several orchards have turned into wetlands.

A Kartchevan resident informed that he and his neighbors intend to invite experts to take soil samples and to have lab analysis.

‘There is no response for 11 days: I feel neglected, there is no solution. The riverbed of the Kartchevan River has dried out, instead, there is wastewater flowing. It’s already several days since the flow has stopped, but the residue has remained. I had a 700-meter vineyard, when you dig it, you can find the mine sand, the soil is different, but we need an expert to come and check it. I am asking to raise about this problem in order to have it solved,’ he said and added if there is no fair solution found they will apply to the European Court of Human Rights.

18:05 March 21, 2019


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