RA Nature Protection Ministry, as represented by its 'Environmental Impact Expertise Center' SNCO rejected the demand of the environmental organizations to annul the positive opinion issued to Amulsar open gold mining project.
The ground of this demand was the expert assessments carried out by four expert organizations from Australia, US, and Canada on the environmental risks of Amulsar gold mining project. The letter of 'Environmental Impact Expertise Center' SNCO in response to the letter addressed to Armenian PM Karen Karapetyan and RA Nature Protection Minister Artsvik Minasyan by All-Armenian Environmental Front (AEF), Greens Union of Armenia, EcoLur, Association for Sustainable Human Development, Jermuk Development Center and Environmental Academy particularly says:
…You considered the studies of independent experts as a new factor, nevertheless, the revelations and conclusions available in their studies can't be considered as a new factor, as all the presented environmental factors have been available in the development of the documentation package of Amulsar gold mining project and available for the Nature Protection Ministry in the course of environmental impact assessment. Therefore, based on the submitted arguments it's not possible to annul the expert opinion.
18:31 September 06, 2017