'Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment' NGO President Yelena Manvelyan has addressed a letter to Arthur Grigoryan, Minister for Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources, requesting to provide information on the company obligations on Teghout mine under the contract signed with the government. The letter says,
'Respectable Mr. Grigoryan,
The scientists and society have always been beating alarm signals on the disastrous situation in a number of regions in Armenia, where mines are developed in an opencast manner and the tailing dumps pollute the environment and agricultural products. The health of the population in the country has been getting worse year by year, which is proved by the sad statistics presented by different international agencies. The wastes, especially the harmful chemical substances contained in the industrial wastes of metallic mines penetrate into human organism through the food chain as they penetrated into soil, air or water.
The issues in Alaverdi Town, Teghout and Shnog communities in Lori Region have long been focused by the environmentalists, as the air is extremely polluted in this area because of mining activities. Besides, the development of this sphere causes a serious damage to flora and fauna and the health of the local population.
With the financial support of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Czech Republic, 'Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment' NGO is implementing 'Involvement of Civil Society in Armenia in Decision-Making Process on Mining of Raw Materials' project.
It has been several months since 'Teghout' CJSC has stopped the operation of Teghout copper and molybdenum mine dismissing 1034 employees. The website of the company is not operating and all the documents displayed by the company on its website are not available. The situation in Shnogh and Teghout communities is extremely tense, as the company has broken its promise to replace agriculture with employment in the company, while the land areas are polluted and compensations are not paid.
Taking into consideration the aforementioned risk factors and the presenting the public positioning, we would like to ask you to provide the information on the company obligations on Teghout mine under the contract signed with the government, how much raw material should be mined by the company, mining schedule, the legal liability of the company in case of the default of its obligations, the functions of the government to force the company to perform its obligations and the copy of the contract.'
In another letter, the NGO is requesting RA Nature Protection Ministry to assist in providing information, particularly monitoring data on the environmental indicators in Alaverdi Town, Teghout and Shnogh communities in Lori Region.
16:46 June 12, 2018