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Alaverdi air basin has again appeared in the clutches of hazardous emissions

The population of Alaverdi city is again concerned about the city air basin quality. The phone calls and visits of the residents to the Aarhus center do not stop to find out how reliable the rumors are that the “ACP” company has increased the production volumes. Residents observed this is the reason that the smoke gas emissions into the atmosphere as a result of copper smelter factory activities not only create visibly thick layer on the town, but also the unorganized emission of gases form the converter oven have increased, which are more dangerous. The problem caused the dissatisfaction of the residents of different neighborhoods in the city.

Discussions on this issue have been held with Alaverdi city Mayor in Aarhus Center, who does not also have reliable information.

One thing is clear that in 2016 Alaverdi Community was not provided with the environmental subsidies from the RA state budget, by which a number of environmental and health programs are being implemented. In 2016 Vallex company has also suspended a number of activities carried out by the company in Alaverdi city, charitable canteens, extra food for school age and preschool children, has also closed the urban tramway. The company explains all these by the copper low prices in the global market. Though the residents of Alaverdi, being the bearer of the above mentioned losses, intend to take direct steps and to require serious approaches to environmental and health issues. The residents of the surrounding communities of Alaverdi city intend to join the claim of the Alaverdi city residents.

The Aarhus center has applied to the authorities of the “ACP” company with the request to clarify the rumors and to receive official information.

Public hearings will be held at the request of the public, with the participation of industry professionals, state bodies, experts and executives of “ACP” company.

Anush Evoyan
Coordinator of Alaverdi Aarhus Center
Tel.:. (+374) 253 60 645 295 (internal 191)
E-mail: info_alaverdi@aarhus.am
Editor: Mari Chakryan
Translated by Marine Mazmanyan