The air in Yerevan is polluted by emissions from 18 open-cast mines located in the capital, dust caused by construction works, and large and small businesses. According to the Environmental Monitoring and Information Center SNCO, in October, November and December 2019, the dust content in the air increased by about 1–5 times, the maximum observed concentration exceeding the maximum permissible concentration (MPC) by 3–4 times.
The above-mentioned issues were raised in the discussions held on January 23 at the Media Center entitled “What We Breathe in Yerevan? Air Pollution in Yerevan Higher Than Permissible Standards” with the participation of Inga Zarafyan, President of EcoLur Informational NGO, Gayane Shahnazaryan, Deputy Director of Environmental Monitoring and Information Center SNCO, Hasmik Khachunts, Secretary of “My Step” Faction of Yerevan Aldermen’s Council and Yerevan Aldermen’s Council Secretary Arakelyan from “Prosperous Armenia” Faction.
The speakers discussed the air pollution of the capital and the activities of the enterprises that caused it, what steps should be taken to reduce the amount of harmful gases and pollutants in the air. In particular, the prospects for expansion of green areas as a result of mass planting were discussed.
Inga Zarafyan, President of EcoLur Informational NGO, noted that today, with the increase of green areas in Yerevan, it is necessary to preserve what is already existing, which is not really the case. In particular, it was mentioned about the reduction of the area of green areas due to the ongoing construction works in Dalma Gardens.
To be continued
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14:37 January 23, 2020