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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said on 28 July that work had started in the Kyrgyz Republic to overcome the legacy of uranium mining in Central Asia, a former industrial centre during the Soviet period near the border with Uzbekistan. Despite the global disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic intense project preparations continued in recent months to deliver the start of the construction works on schedule, EBRD noted.

Date: Saturday, 01 August 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newswork-begins-in-kyrgyz-republic-to-clean-up-soviet-era-uranium-8055807

Area served as important source for uranium in former Soviet Union The first remediation work will focus on the closure of six shafts in Shekaftar. Photo courtesy EBRD. Work has begun in the Kyrgyz Republic to overcome the legacy of uranium mining in Central Asia with a groundbreaking ceremony in Shekaftar, a former industrial centre during the Soviet period near the border with Uzbekistan.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development said intense project preparations continued in recent months to prepare for the start of construction work, despite global disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic

The first remediation work will focus on the closure of six shafts in Shekaftar and the relocation of five waste-rock dumps to an existing dump at a more remote location. Once a thriving community based on uranium mining, today Shekaftar has an unemployment rate of 70%.

The work is funded by the environmental remediation account for Central Asia (ERA), established and managed by the EBRD on behalf of international donors.

Date: Wednesday, 29 July 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/work-begins-to-overcome-uranium-mining-legacy-7-2-2020

US-based nuclear fuel technology company Lightbridge Corporation has received a patent from the Eurasian Patent Office for its innovative nuclear fuel assemblies. This is a divisional patent and covers an all-metal fuel assembly design with a mixed grid fuel rod arrangement inside the fuel assembly.

Date: Tuesday, 09 June 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsmore-patents-lightbridge-7961460

Efforts to overcome the legacy of uranium mining in Central Asia are making progress despite the global coronavirus pandemic, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced.

Date: Wednesday, 06 May 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuranium-mine-remediation-progresses-in-central-asia-7906783

Significant progress has been made in cleaning up some of the legacy waste from historic uranium mining in Central Asia, but much remains to be done, with additional donations from the international community needed to complete this vital remediation work, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) says.

Date: Thursday, 14 November 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Call-for-funds-to-progress-Central-Asian-legacy-cl

The Kyrgyz parliament on 31 October approved a bill banning the extraction of uranium and thorium. According to a parliamentary spokesman, 110 deputies out of 111 present voted for the adoption of the bill. The document has yet to be signed by the president of the country.

Date: Wednesday, 06 November 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newskyrgyz-parliament-bans-uranium-and-thorium-mining-7487717

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on 23 January signed framework agreements with the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, paving the way for EBRD-funded projects to deal with the remediation of former uranium mines and processing plants.

Date: Thursday, 26 January 2017
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsebrd-to-fund-remediation-of-central-asian-uranium-dumps-5724908


The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced it is setting up a new fund to deal with the legacy of Soviet-era uranium mining and processing in the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Date: Friday, 19 June 2015
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnew-ebrd-fund-for-uranium-cleanup-in-asia-4604824