Kapan trapped [Armenia]
Author: EcoLur, Published on: 21 January 2011
Kapan is trapped: the town is surrounded with objects having different hazard extents...[T]hese are dumps of Kapan Combine...Geghanush tailing dump and...Artsvanik tailing dump, which belongs to Zangezour Copper and Molybdenum Combine...On Kapan-Kajaran highway you can find two more closed tailing dumps belonging to Zangezour Combine...You can find a huge variety of heavy metals and toxic elements in all the above mentioned objects, which are buried in the earth, transferred with water, accumulate with dust from dumps and get into human organism together with food and water. They cause genetic mutations, affect immune and reproductive systems and bone tissues. Drilling works for uranium reserves prospecting have already been launched in a distance of several kilometers from Kapan. Polymetallic mines which contain gold and silver also contain radionuclides and have high-level radiation.