TSIP (Toxic Sites Identificaton Program)

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Pure Earth’s TSIP (Toxic Sites Identification Program) identifies and assesses contaminated sites in low- and middle-income countries, where public health is at risk. Pure Earth-trained local TSIP investigators visit and document sites using the Initial Site Screening (ISS) protocol. The data is then reviewed and entered into Pure Earth’s TSIP database of polluted sites, which helps governments understand, prioritize and address pollution in their countries. 

Since October 2018, the Pure Earth project team has identified and investigated 52 sites under Pure Earth’s TSIP (Toxic Sites Identification Program). Initial Site Screenings have been completed at all 52 sites, and concentrations of heavy metals in soil exceed pertinent Armenian standards at 51 of those sites. Site data is being reviewed and once approved, will be entered into the TSIP database.

The Abovyan dumpsite was selected for additional investigations. In November and December 2019, the Pure Earth Armenian team performed a Preliminary Site Assessment of the Abovyan dumpsite and studied the area by measuring concentrations of heavy metals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The Abovyan dumpsite (with approximate size of 20 hectares) has been operating since 1963 and is the largest dumpsite in the Kotayk Marz (District).