YEREVAN, October 29. / ARKA /. Armenian emergency situations minister Armen Yeritsyan said today the Nubarashen burial that contains about 600 tons of obsolete pesticides and persistent organic pollutants, including DDT, located in the same name district of Yerevan will be eliminated in 1-3 years.
He was speaking at an event marking the end of a two-year environmental security project supported by the OSCE Yerevan Office that was designed to address the risks of the toxic waste site.
The event attended by representatives of government, public and international organizations presented the findings of the study.
The project was to determine the risks of the site to the environment and human health, analyze the contents and geo-physical situation of the landfill, and recommend several options for final remediation of the site. The OSCE provided organizational, technical and financial support for the project.
According to the minister, the site remains an environmental hazard, as it is located in an active landslide zone, close to populated areas and agricultural zones. He said the results of the study will serve as a basis for further action.
"Now we have moved into the second phase of the project, when the toxic chemicals are to be placed in special containers. In the third stage we should eliminate the toxic chemicals,” he said, adding that the toxic chemicals can be either destroyed or moved to a special area for a long-term conservation. -0-