AREA RESIDENTS COMPLAIN ABOUT RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS LINKED TO EMISSIONS

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2010/11/02 | 13:15

ecology society

Companies claim exhausts within safe levels

Residents living in the vicinity of the ~SMakour Yerkat~T and the
~SArmenian Titanium~T companies in Yerevan have been complaining
to the environmental organization Ecolur about respiratory problems
stemming from exhausts emanating from the companies~R smokestacks.

~SI~Rm an athlete, and I never had breathing problems before. But now,
I have this persistent cough. You can~Rt breathe fully; there~Rs this
irritation in my throat,~T said one of the local residents.

The ~SMakour Yerkat~T (Pure Iron) factory produces ferromolybdenum and
pure iron molybdenum, while rhenium is extracted from gases. ~SArmenian
Titanium Production~T produces ferrotitanium and other ferrobars. The
Production results in the emission of sulfuric anhydride and nitrogen
oxides into atmosphere.

According to Ecolur, the State Environmental Impact Assessment Center
doesn~Rt exercise any control over these polluted territories in
Yerevan and that any data regarding emissions is supplied by the
companies themselves.

Ecolur has notified the RA Ministries of the Environment and Health
regarding the problem and has called for testing at the sites in
question.




From: A. Papazian