ArmInfo. Field work on sampling for the study of chemical pollution of the territories of the Lori region, which is under the influence of the mining and metallurgical industry, has been completed.
As the "EcoLur" NGO told ArmInfo, a total of 136 samples were collected, which included samples of house dust, soil, sediments, dairy products and biomaterials (human urine and hair). The research was carried out from July 28 to August 2 in 12 communities and settlements of Lori Region: Alaverdi, Haghpat, Sanahin, Akori, Shnogh, Teghut, Akhtala, Mets Ayrum, Pokr Ayrum, Shamlukh, Armanis and Mghart, which are under the influence of mining and metallurgical enterprises "Sagamar" CJSC, "Teghut" CJSC and "Akhtala Mining And Processing Enterprise" CJSC.
According to the report, all samples were sent to the Czech Republic to the certified laboratory of the Health Institute at Usti nad Labem. First of all, the samples will be examined for the content of elements characteristic of the mining and metallurgical industry - arsenic, cadmium, copper, zinc and lead. "We have been working in this region for several years, and each study complements the previous ones, in order to obtain as much data as possible on the spread of pollution in the most vulnerable areas, thereby raising awareness of the population about the risks to health and the environment," said representative of the Czech "Arnika" organization on chemical safety Valeriya Grechko.
Unlike previous years, this year the geography of the study was expanded. Residents of the villages Armanis, Mghart, Shnogh and Teghut participated in the selection of biomaterials for the first time.
"The research conducted in recent years is increasingly attracting public interest. Since there are no state mechanisms in Armenia to assess the impact of the mining industry and pollution on human health, the research results are the only evidence in the protection of rights, both in state institutions and in the courts. In addition, the results of the study directly affect state policy, work is underway to introduce mechanisms for assessing the impact of pollution on the environment and human health, "said Oleg Dulgaryan, president of the "Centre for Community Mobilization and Support" NGO.
The field work was also observed by Consul of the Czech Embassy in Armenia Ms. Ani Saginjanova, wife of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to Armenia Mme. Eleonora Kopecka, head of the administrative and financial department of the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Armenia Dagmar Polakova, who were on a visit to Lori Region.
Scientific data obtained from the study of chemical pollution, the sources of which are the objects of mining and metallurgical enterprises - deposits, tailings, dumps and waste rock, production, etc., will be presented for discussion by interested parties. Meetings with local residents and administrations, with responsible government agencies and the public are coming, during which a policy will be developed to protect the environmental rights of people and reduce the risks from environmental pollution.
The research is being carried out by Czech "Arnika" non-governmental organization, together with the Community Mobilization and Support NGO (CCMS) and the "EcoLur" information NGO within the framework of the Program for Assistance in Transformation, implemented with financial support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.