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26 Nov 2021


Armenia: Nahatak tailing dump to be reclaimed, pollution it caused won’t be addressed

"Nahatak" Tailing Dump To Be Reclaimed: Chemical Pollution It Causes Won't Be Eliminated, 22 November 2021

By the end of November 2023, the rehabilitation of "Nahatak" tailing dump operated by "Akhtala Mining and Processing Plant" CJSC should be accomplished. "Environmental Impact Assessment Center" SNCO of RA Environment Ministry has issued a positive expert opinion...to the environmental impact assessment report of "Nahatak" tailing dump reclamation works. According to the conclusion, the rehabilitation of the tailing dump should last 2.4 years...

There is no expert opinion on the pollution of the waters of the Debed River with industrial wastewater, on the measures to be taken in case of pollution detected during the monitoring, as well as on how to eliminate the damage already caused to the areas adjacent to the tailing dump, the pollution already existing in the Debed and Nahatak Rivers and the damage caused to the health of the local population...

..[I]n 2018-2020 the research carried out by "ARNIKA" organization substantiate the presence of contaminants of mining objects in Akhtala Community, in a number of settlements in Alaverdi Community located at a distance of 50-100 m away from "Nahatak" tailing dump, presence of contaminants of mining objects in the soil, their distribution in soil, fruit and vegetable. Contamination with copper, zinc, molybdenum, lead and arsenic has been found both in the sediments of the Debed River and in the soil. In some soil samples, the arsenic concentration alone was 70 times higher than the standard.