The area is not even fenced, and the structures are in desolate state.
 
... this time, however, guarded, and with solid roof.
 
Vendula Krcmarova from Arnika after the visit of the pesticide storage - the smell inside was not very good.
 
Another barrel, from Italy by origin.
 
What do they contain? It is not DDT - it would not be brown.
 
What do they contain? It is not DDT - it would not be brown.
 
Quietly grazing cows do not suspect that they graze on a meadow next to the incinerator.
 
Quietly grazing cows do not suspect that they graze on a meadow next to the incinerator.
 
Arnika's co-operator Darina Havlikova.
 
Martin Skalsky, Laura Khachatryan, and Darina Havlikova.
 
Water analyses would surely provide interesting results. In the flat landscape where the pesticide storage is located, water is found shallow under the surface. A network of drains and channels exists here. In some of them, local people practice fishing.
 
... next to the cathedral established in the 3rd century AD already, the seat of the patriarch of the Armenian orthodox church is located. Not far from here, also storages of obsolete unused pesticides in desolate buildings are found in various municipalities. What a contrast.
 
The country of origin and the producer can be discovered in the letters printed on the barrel.
 
Lilik Simonyan discusses with a representative of the owner of the premises (far left).
 
 
Medical waste collected from the whole Armenia is incinerated in this building.
 
Who knows what is hidden inside?
 
We did not get to know what is hidden behind this door nowadays. But, allegedly, pesticides and fertilizers were stored also in this place in the past.
 
We did not get to know what is hidden behind this door nowadays. But, allegedly, pesticides and fertilizers were stored also in this place in the past.
 
Popis: Paper bags full of holes, with mostly unknown pesticides, thrown about on the floor.
 
Path to the obsolete pesticide storage. Sheep do not suspect next to what they are grazing at all - similarly as their owners.
 
Without windows, without roof.
 
Without windows, without roof.
 
Jindrich Petrlik from Arnika takes a sample of an unidentified pesticide.
 
 
According to oral information from zoologists monitoring birds, also their local population is negatively influenced by presence of obsolete pesticides in the environment. In spite of that, plenty storks are present here so far.
 
The pesticide storage is being left, from the left in the foreground, by Martin Skalsky (Arnika), Emma Anakhasyan (AWHHE), Jindrich Petrlik (Arnika), and, in the background, by the storage manager and his boss.
 
Low chimney is usually typical for smaller medical waste incinerators.
 
At the trout breeding basin. In the foreground Darina Havlikova, in the background Elena Manvelyan (AWHHE).
 
The owner proudly shows the trout breeding basin. The problem is that it is located close to the obsolete pesticide storage. But, obviously, he is not worried about that. Or does he not suspect there is a problem?
 
UFO above Ararart? Or Noah and his ark? :)
 
UFO above Ararart? Or Noah and his ark? :)
 
The storage does not have a roof, rain falls inside. In addition to pesticides, also oils or diesel oil are spilled here. The blue matter is, most likely, copper(II) sulphate pentahydrate, probably the less harmful material from all the chemicals stored here.
 
The storage does not have a roof, rain falls inside. In addition to pesticides, also oils or diesel oil are spilled here. The blue matter is, most likely, copper(II) sulphate pentahydrate, probably the less harmful material from all the chemicals stored here.
 
The pesticide storage is being left, from the left in the foreground, by Martin Skalsky (Arnika), Emma Anakhasyan (AWHHE), Jindrich Petrlik (Arnika), and, in the background, by the storage manager and his boss.
 
 
 

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