Armenian Environmentalists Object to Waste Plants in Armenia

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–There is a threat that outdated equipment will be supplied to Armenia for the construction of waste-incinerating plants. Some of these equipment produce poisonous dioxin. Speaking at the meeting of the Geneva International Negotiating Committee for the elimination of persistent organic pollutants held this fall–representatives of non-government environmental organizations expressed their concern over the possible construction of the plants.

Chairwoman of "Armenia’s women for health and healthy environment" NGO Yelena Manvelian said that in many countries government waste management programs have adopted bans on the employment of environment-polluting equipment. Government programs provide for the re-equipment of plants.

Some of the plants are re-equipped–others are closed or dismantled. Studies conducted by environmentalists show that some firms–trying to curb costs–supply outdated equipment at low prices to countries that cannot afford hi-tech equipment. Particular concern was expressed by Russia–as the threat of such equipment is very serious.

The Armenian NGOs and the representative of the "Union of the Green of Armenia" joined the Russian delegation. Armenian environmentalists believe that the Armenian government must–at least–adopt a government program aimed at the reduction of dioxin emissions to environment.

Unfortunately–Manvelian said–it is the officials of the Ministry of Nature Protection who support the construction of waste-incinerating plants provided with outdated equipment in Armenia.

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