On 19 March the preliminary court hearing of the case against Qajaran Copper and Molybdenum Mining Expansion Project was held at RA Administrative Court.
Plaintiff “EcoRight” NGO is demanding from court to annul the positive opinion issued by “Environmental Impact Expert Assessment Center” SNCO of RA Nature Protection Minister on 16 December 2016 to Qajaran Copper and Molybdenum Mining Expansion Project, as well as to annul the decree of RA Ministry for Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources on the prolongation of soil section expansion and permit term issued on 29 December 2016.
Reminder: “Zangezour Copper and Molybdenum Combine” CJSC received a permit to make Qajaran mining volumes from 12.5 million tons to 22 million tons.
At the litigation the representatives of the plaintiff were Arthur Grigoryan, Chairman of “EcoRight” NGO and Barrister Hayk Alumyan. The representatives of the respondent were from RA Nature Protection Ministry and RA Ministry for Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources. The court hearing was presided by Judge Argishti Ghazaryan.
Argishti Ghazaryan, photo: www.court.am
Learning the grounds of the claim the court ruled to involve “Zangezour Copper and Molybdenum Combine” CJSC as the third party. The court hearing was postponed. In his interview with journalists he said that the ground of the claim completely referred to Artsvanik tailing dump of “Zangezour Copper and Molybdenum Combine” CJSC. Under him, the environmental impact expert assessment is missing one of the most important matters – where the tails of the mined ore will be kept, if mining volumes are increased.
“Zangezour Copper and Molybdenum Combine has been issued a permit for 25 years to mine 22 million tons of ore per year. Artsvanik tailing dump can’t place such an amount of wastes, but they say the tailing dump will be sufficient for 12 years. However, the permit was issued for 25 years, while the EIA law requires assessing the aggregate effect for the whole time period. The Minister had no right to issue this opinion, as it was issued in breach of the law,” Arthur Grigoryan, Chairman of “EcoRight” NGO, said.
14:24 March 20, 2018