Business Entities Concealed Mineral Water Mining Volumes and Didn't Pay Environmental Fees of 230 Million AMD

Business Entities Concealed Mineral Water Mining Volumes and Didn't Pay Environmental Fees of 230 Million AMD

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The Department for Protection of State Interests found out during its investigation, that the realization and export volumed of underground natural mineral water in 2015-2016 in the area of Armenia have exceeded many times the volumes of mined mineral water submitted in the reports of the business entities.

Particularly, according to the data received from RA Ministry for Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources and RA State Revenue Committee, in 2015-2016 36,245,037 liters more mineral water was actually mined in the area of Armenia and the amount of due environmental fee makes up 204,835,100 AMD.

It also turned out that in 2015-2016 11 more business entities obtained stamps for the realization of 3,325,940 liters of mineral water and 970,000 liters of mineral water was exported from Armenia. This is when these business entities didn't mine underground mineral water at all, and the due environmental fee makes up 24,272,060 AMD.

The investigations showed that 10 out of 14 business entities have mined mineral water in the area of Armenia for industrial purposes, where the environmental fees for each cubic meter of mining makes up 5650 AMD, 3 business entities have mined for medical purposes, where the environmental fees for each cubic meter of mining makes up 300 AMD and another business entity mines for recreation purposes (swimming pools), where the environmental fees for each cubic meter of mining makes up 75 AMD.

In some cases, the same business entities have simultaneously carried out mining for industrial and medical purposes.

The drawn up documents have been sent to RA State Revenue Committee to check the availability of the grounds for the initiation of a criminal case, as RA General Prosecutor's Office informs.

11:20 July 17, 2018


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