Armenia: Residents demand compensation for "harms" to health & environment by Geghanush tailing dump, operated by Dundee Precious Metals; includes firm’s comments

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Company response
22 January 2016

Dundee Precious metals response

Author: Dundee Precious Metals

...Dundee Precious Metals...has formal processes and procedures in place to ensure that the types of concerns raised by the residents of the Geghanush community are investigated and resolved in accordance with international best practice....[T]he following steps will be followed: 1.The grievance has been logged and documented in our internal grievance management system. 2. A “Town Hall” meeting is scheduled to take place at Geghanush Community Hall on January 22nd...All signatories to the petition have been invited to attend. 3. At the above meeting the residents who signed the petition will be requested to supply supporting evidence for their claims and alleged damage caused by the TMF...5. Once the supporting evidence is received and collated, an investigation will be completed and a conclusion reached. 6.An investigation report will be produced and sent to each individual signatory to the petition detailing the conclusions of our investigation and the actions, if any, to be taken...

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Article
28 December 2015

Geghanush residnets demanding to compensate damages caused by Geghanush tailing dump

Author: EcoLur Network (Armenia)

184 residents of Geghanush village have sent a letter to  Mr. Hratch Jabrayan, General Manager of “Dundee Precious Metals Kapan” CJSC...The letter says, “...We, the undersigned residents of Geghanush village community of Syunik region, would like to declare that certain hazards threatening the environment and the people’s health have been created due to the reprocessing of the Geghanush tailing dump...Prior and after reprocessing of the tailing dump no study analyses were provided to the community residents on possible negative impacts on people’s health...[T]he soil quality has deteriorated, the fertility of arable lands, gardens and the birth rate of animals have decreased, trees dry out, the number of people’s and animals’ illnesses has increased, living in the village is becoming more and more dangerous…Thus, the reprocessing of the Geghanush tailing dump endangers both our and our children’s health and lives...Taking into account the fact that the reprocessing of the Geghanush tailing dump has been implemented by financing of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development we demand that the losses and the lost profits resulted from the reprocessing of the Geghanush tailing dump are compensated in accordance with international standards.”

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