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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