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29 Aug 2016

EcoLur Network (Armenia)

Geghanush tailing dump: Cancer diseases and zero attention

...Geghanush tailing dump owned by Kapan Ore Dressing Combine is developed in the administrative area of Geghanush Village, where the industrial tails of the combine are accumulated containing heavy metals. The villagers relate the poor ecological state of the village with the tailing dump.“We have already voiced the problem that the number of diseases is increasingly growing in the village. In our village we have never recorded a case when conscript soldiers undergo medical checkup and are recognized as non-suitable. In these 4-5 years we have 3 or 4 such cases, women can’t have babies, they have cancer diseases and they already have cancer diseases at the age of 50, 52 and 60,” Geghanush Community Head Ivan Kostandyan told EcoLur...Early this year Geghanush villagers sent a letter with 184 signatures to that time administration of the combine, “Dundee Precious Metals Kapan” Company demanding to compensate for damages. But as Kapan Combine already has a new owner – Polymetal International, the destiny of these negotiations remains unknown for the residents.