Ionel V.Vlad: Romanian Academy considers Rosia Montana project controversial and dangerous for Romania

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Vice President of the Romanian Academy Ionel Valentin Vlad said on Friday that the aforementioned institution considers the Rosia Montana gold mining project „controversial and dangerous for Romania”, while attending the debate titled Facts about Rosia Montana Project, staged by the delegation of the MEPs members of the Social Democratic Party (PSD, in opposition).

„The Romanian Academy once again requests the Romanian authorities to examine carefully the project under all its aspects, by asking the advice of unbiased and honest national and foreign experts, including employees of the European institutions, before giving the green light to this project so controversial and dangerous. Thus, the Romanian Academy seeks to prevent an ecological and natural disaster with many unacceptable consequences,” Ionel Valentin Vlad said.

The academician said the board members of the institution he represents voted a document unveiling Romanian Academy’s stance on the Rosia Montana gold mining project. The document aims at „preventing an error with negative effects upon the community, the environment and the region-based archaeological vestiges and at revealing the risky consequences for the Romanian state.”

„An objective analysis proves the project does not stand for a work of public interest and consequently, does not justify the negative collateral effects and the risks this project entails,” Vlad claimed.

According to him, one of the arguments provided by the Romanian Academy is the fact that the exploitation projected for a period of 17 up to 20 years is not a solution to a sustainable development and does not solve the area”s economic and social problems, on the contrary, it makes them worse.

He also said the sodium cyanide used in the technological process and the salt loads residues are a major source of worry.

„Nowadays there are technological processes not using cyanides in gold processing. These technologies are more expensive, but we must take into account their effects too,” the academician pointed out.

According to him, the project violates an array of conventions and other EU legislation-related documents. In similar situations, other countries have been more cautious, by avoiding accepting the risk of engaging in such projects. He gave the example of Germany, where this kind of project is inconceivable, while Bulgaria and Armenia did not approve such projects.

„The Romanian Academy considers that the numerous individual and collective protests of the civil society, of some scientific, religious institutions, the Romanian Orthodox Church included, personalities, scientists and scholars must not be ignored,” Ionel Vlad underscored.

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