ArmInfo. The international expert group does not see the threat of a major catastrophe at the chemical plant Nairit, but in order to avoid possible risks, it advises on-site to organize the appropriate storage of hazardous chemicals.
According to the press service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Armenia, the head of the department David Tonoyan presented the final report of a group of foreign experts who conducted a study at the Nairit plant. The Permanent Coordinator of the United Nations in Armenia Bradley Busetto, representatives of various UN agencies and a chemical enterprise also took part in the meeting.
It is noted that the experts got acquainted with the plant technologies, studied the volumes of chemicals stored at the plant, their condition and storage conditions, containers and warehouses, as well as the possible impact on people and the environment.
According to the results of the research and the conclusion of the expert group members, there is no threat of a major catastrophe at the Nairit plant. At the same time, international experts advise on-site to ensure the proper storage and management of hazardous chemicals in order to reduce the risks of possible disasters.
Earlier, the permanent coordinator of the Armenian office of the United Nations, Bradley Busetto, met with an expert group that arrived in Armenia on September 10 to assess the damage caused by the fire that broke out on August 28 at the Nairit chemical plant. The meeting was organized by the Office of OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) of the United Nations. The expert group was selected in Geneva by the Joint Office (JEU) of UNEP (United Nations Environment Program) and the UKPO, which monitors the activation of international rapid response mechanisms and distributes personnel in environmental and / or industrial emergencies. The humanitarian donor community fully responded to the request for technical assistance. In particular, the EU civil protection mechanism was used. The selected group includes one expert from Sweden and France, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) provided another expert for the assessment. Recall that at 13:10 on August 28, a signal came that a fire broke out in the territory of the rubber plant "Nairit", which had completely ceased its work in 2014 with multi-billion debts. The fire was awarded the second, and after and the third category of complexity. 12 combat crews and operational groups of the Crisis Management Center left for the scene. In areas 14:00 the fire was isolated. On-site specialists from the radiation, chemical and biological monitoring group of the Rescue Service work. According to preliminary data from the Ministry of Emergency Situations, a lacquer-ethanol burned up. Immediately responsible services said that there were no thunderstorms of chemical release into the atmosphere.