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Criminal Case against Zangezur Copper Molybdenum in Armenia

Metal News - Published on Tue, 05 Nov 2019

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Amen Press reported that the Syunik provincial prosecution has launched a criminal case into the contamination of the Voghji River which is said to have happened after a pipeline of the Zangezur Copper Molybdenum Combine mining company was damaged and wastewater ended up in the river on October 17. The Criminal Case is filed under Article 284 Paragraph 2 Point 1 of the Criminal Code Violation of Safety Procedures in Dealing With Hazardous Chemical or Biological Materials and Waste, which has negligently caused contamination of the environment.

According to law enforcement the investigation has revealed that the contamination happened from the Nerkin Geratagh Village, where the 1020mm diameter 31st pipeline section of the company was damaged as a result of “apparent violation” committed by the company’s personnel when transporting the waste.

The Syunik provincial department of the Committee of Investigations is in charge of the probe.

“Zangezur Copper Molybdenum Combine” Closed Joint Stock Company (ZCMC) is a leading Armenian mining company with headquarters in Kajaran, Armenia. ZCMC operates large, long-lived, assets with significant proven and probable reserves of molybdenum and copper.

CRONIMET group’s ZCMC is located in the Vokhchi valley in the southeast corner of Armenia, close to the borders with Iran and the Azerbaijan-Nakhichivan exclave.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 05 Nov 2019
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