The wastes of Armanis gold mine are dumped in the yard of the local school, while children play there. This information together with attached photos is disseminated on Facebook social network by Stepanavan Aarhus Center Coordinator, Chairman of EcoClub Manya Meliqjanyan.
The schoolyard is a public territory with dumped wastes, which contain toxic substances and heavy metals. But this is not the whole problem. Manya Meliqjanyan has been raising the problem with environmental pollution with Armanis gold processing plant and mines, particularly, dumps to the Dzoraget River. The initiative group on saving Dzoraget River has addressed a letter to Public Prosecutor Aghvan Hovsepyan with a demand to take measures about "Sagamar" LLC developing Armanis mine for the purpose of stopping pollution.
The Public Prosecutor's Office forwarded the complaint to Lori Regional Prosecutor K. Shahverdyan in its official reply. Reminder: Nature Protection Ministry informed EcoLur that "Sagamar" LLC is in the list of companies due to undergo inspection in 2012, says EcoLur NGO.