Children play at a monastery contaminated with extremely high levels of lead.
The health of Armenian children is threatened by toxic pollution in the forms of mining waste, air emissions and improperly controlled car battery recycling. In some communities of Armenia, 57%-85% of all tested children aged 4 to 6 years-old suffer from elevated blood lead levels. In 2012, Pure Earth conducted the first independent, comprehensive assessment of toxic pollution in Armenia. This program identified 23 contaminated sites that threaten the health of Armenians. Pure Earth developed a plan to mitigate the health impacts of toxic pollution in Armenia. The goal is to reduce health risks, especially the risk of lead poisoning resulting from the mining waste and lead acid (car) battery recycling.
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Read more about our work in Armenia at The Pollution Blog