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Geghanush residnets demanding to compensate damages caused by Geghanush tailing dump

Author: EcoLur Network (Armenia), Published on: 28 December 2015

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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Related companies: Dundee Precious Metals Kapan Combine (part of Dundee Precious Metals)