Poisoned Armenia? Czech experts are exploring mining-related pollution

The level of contamination of the environment in North Armenia is the subject of a new research study conducted by experts from the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague. Accompanied by the Czech organization Arnika, the team collected soil and sediment samples. In the university laboratories, the materials are now being analysed for toxic substances. The findings of the research are expected to be published in November 2018.

The sampling took place in the most polluted Armenian province, Lori. Here, mining and metallurgical activities are concentrated, including the Alaverdi copper smelter and non-ferrous iron-ore mines in Teghut and Akhtala.

“We’ve witnessed suspicious phenomena during our fieldwork,” explains Arnika’s project coordinator Nikol KrejĨová. “Grey, blue and yellow rivers, damaged tree leaves or the spread of fine ash – the question is whether and how those are linked to the environmental pollution caused by, for example, the Alaverdi copper smelting plant, smoke from which flows through the valley striking the neighbouring villages,” she continues.

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