Company cyanic tailing dump poses environmental & health hazards, local NGO say

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7 April 2012

“GeoProMining Gold” company conceals information about objects posing risks [Armenia]

Author: EcoLur Network

“GeoProMining Gold” Company is concealing the information about the objects posing risks and having a certain hazard category...EcoLur personnel was doing shooting in Ararat Town and its surroundings...Two of the staff were working...in the surroundings of Ararat where the cyanic tailing dump owned by GeoPromining Gold Company is situated...[I]t’s a huge well, which bottom is not insulated from the soil and where the toxic wastes of Ararat gold extraction plant are dumped, which contain processed cyanogen and a huge amount of metals and toxic elements. Such a place requires...insulation. But in reality nothing like this exists, no border designation, no caution signs which say it's hazardous to be there...[A]ny pasturing animal, or a child or anybody else can approach it unnoticeably, they may get intoxicated or just fall into the tails and die, as they have no proper information about hazards...We propose GeoPromining Gold Company...to take urgent measures to insulate the territory, putting caution signs, i.e. to do everything required for ecological safety. [The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited GeoProMining Gold to respond, but it did not do so.]

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Company non-response
25 April 2012

GeoProMining did not respond to: Company cyanic tailing dump poses environmental & health hazards, local NGO say