ArmInfo. "This morning we have an emergency - in the Syunik region, polluted water flowed from the tailing dump into the waters of the Voghchi river below the cities of Kapan and Kajaran,"- Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated on October 17 before the start of the government meeting.
According to the Minister of Territorial Development and Infrastructures Suren Papikyan, in the morning at 09:00 the governor of the region called him and informed that the Voghchi River had turned brown. According to him, at the moment all kinds of resources of the region have already been mobilized in order to understand the situation. At the same time, as Papikyan stated, at present he refrains from specifying who the tailing dump belongs to, "But judging by its location, to the Zangezur Copper-Molybdenum Combine," the Minister noted.
Minister of the Environment Eric Grigoryan, in turn, said that laboratory tests are currently underway. "If the indicated territory is in the upper part - that is, to the center, then this water flowed out from the Zangezur Copper-Molybdenum Combine, and if the lower, middle part - then, it is possible from the old Kavart mine, abandoned by the Kapan Concentrator. It will become known within 1-2 hours, "he pointed out.
According to the Prosecutor General of Armenia Arthur Davtyan, investigative measures are currently underway. According to preliminary information, water flowed out of the damaged part of the pipe, he noted. "The issue of initiating a criminal case will be considered," Davtyan said. At the same time, as Minister of Emergency Situations of Armenia Felix Tsolakyan stated, local rescuers reported water pollution. According to him, the owners of the tailings themselves tried to hide this fact. "They were silent and began to quickly carry out welding work to restore the pipe," - said the head of the Ministry of Emergencies.
It should be noted that in Armenia there are 19 tailings. 9 of them are in Syunik marz. The Zangezur Copper-Molybdenum Combine owns the Kajaran and Phrut tailings located on the right tributary of the Vokhchi River, as well as the tailings dump on the Vokhchi River near the village of Lernadzor, and on the Artsvanik River. Their design capacities are 3, 3.2, 30 and 310 million cubic meters. The occupancy rate is 3, 3.2, 10 and 95 million cubic meters. Three are mothballed, Artsvanikskoye is operational.