Cement powder of Ararat town causes illnesses

Cement powder of Ararat town causes illnesses
Published: 09 June 2005

Today the Caucasian region ecological center organized in Ararat a conference with the theme “Environmental Protection For the Welfare of the Coming Generations and Steady Development”. The aim of the conference was create a field of cooperation and experience exchange between Ararat and other regions in Armenia and the highlight the ecological problems of Ararat.

According to Dshkhuhi Sahakyan, expert of the Ararat local environment activities program, the town of Ararat has serious problems connected with air and water pollution. Particularly, the problem is connected with the Ararat cement factory. It has caused lung illnesses in many people. According to the local residents, many people have been poisoned by the water polluted by the gold extraction plant. Mrs. Sahakyan said that they had offered to install filtering equipment in the cement factory, but they were told that the equipment will be too expensive.