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Green Alternative: Armenian enterprise as a threat to Georgia’s ecology

2011-03-09 16:52

14370.jpegGeorgian ecologists claim that the operation of an Armenian company engaged in primary processing of copper and molybdenum threatens an ecological catastrophe in Georgia. As Business Georgia reports, this opinion was expressed by Manana Kochladze, head of Green Alternative NGO (Georgia).


According to her, this company is located 10-15 km away from the Georgian-Armenian border in the territory of Armenia. Liquid waste is dumped into a special dam.

"This dam keeps the rivers pollution-free but any damage or excessive volume of waste will pose a serious threat. At worst the surrounding territory will be poisoned with toxic waste to remain unusuable for decades. At best this waste will reach the Debeda river that flows across Georgia and empties into the Khrami river", - the ecologist says.

According to M. Kochladze, in 2009 Green Alternative warned the Ministry of Environment Protection and Natural Resources about the risks connected with construction and further operation of this enterprise but the ministry was deaf. The non-governmental organization calls on the Georgian side to study all risks that the operation of this Armenian enterprise suggests. According to Kochladze, Armenia has the highest amount of toxic waste, i.e. 180-200 million cubic meters according to various estimates. 

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