Sampling of environment in and around municipalities Alaverdi, Akhtala, Teghut in Lori region in Armenia took place in July 2018. The aim of the study is to monitor the presence of heavy metals in surroundings of industrial area and to analyze its effects on both human health and quality of the environment. The sampling was followed by chemical analyses of collected samples with focus on heavy metals. Analyses of environmental samples took place at the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague, Czech Republic, biological samples of human hair were analyzed by The National Institute of Public Health in the Czech Republic.
The evaluation of the influence of copper-processing industry in Alaverdi region to local inhabitants and the environment is part of the study. As potential sources of pollution were discussed Alaverdi copper and molybdenum smelter, copper and molybdenum mines in Akhtala and Teghut and tailing dams in Akhtala, Teghut and Mets Ayrum. The study follows up and continues in the work of previously published studies and expands their findings with sediments and some areas which were not monitored.