Armen Stepanian, Geoteam's manager for environmental and social issues, asserted that a new blasting technique will be used to get at the gold.
This new method will produce "much less dust and noise."
"The dust will settle quickly and will not spread," he
Ecologists vigorously dispute Stepanian's contention.
Estimates on how much money the Armenian government budget will receive from various taxes applied to the mine's operations were not available.
, however, estimated that the project will turn Geoteam
into the country's third-largest corporate taxpayer.