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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

Work has started in Kyrgyzstan to overcome the legacy of uranium mining in Central Asia with a ground-breaking ceremony in Shekaftar, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced today. The Shekaftar mining complex includes three closed mines and eight mining-waste disposal areas that contain about 700,000 cubic metres of waste from mining operations.

Date: Wednesday, 29 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Remediation-work-begins-at-Kyrgyz-legacy-uranium-s

As the COVID-19 pandemic makes governments and international organisations consider new ways of conducting business and protecting communities, we need to turn the recovery into an opportunity to safeguard the future, writes Christer Viktorsson, director general of the UAE’s Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation.

Date: Tuesday, 12 May 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Regulators-adapt-to-an-unprecedented-cha

A group of more than 100 scientists and environmentalists have written to the European Commission calling for a "timely and just assessment" of nuclear energy in the EU Taxonomy. The letter was sent by Satu Helynen, acting president of the Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform (SNETP), and addressed to EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson and to two European Commission vice-presidents, Valdis Dombrovskis and Frans Timmermans.

Date: Thursday, 30 April 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NGOs-demand-place-for-nuclear-in-EU-Taxonomy

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has marked the tenth anniversary of its Network on Environmental Remediation and Management (ENVIRONET) initiative by showcasing projects it has supported, lessons learned and plans to ensure future activities inside and outside the fuel cycle benefit from an integrated approach to remediation.

Date: Wednesday, 02 October 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-showcases-environmental-remediation-success

The Bruce nuclear power station in Canada. Photo courtesy OPG. Canada is committed to strengthening its regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety, but the government should improve the policy and strategy for radioactive waste management, an International Atomic Energy Agency team said.

The Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) team also said the regulator, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, should consider better aligning its radiation protection requirements with IAEA safety standards.

The team said the CNSC is highly transparent about its regulatory activities and decisions.

“Canada has a comprehensive framework for nuclear and radiation safety covering current facilities and activities,” said team leader Marta Ziakova, chairperson of the Nuclear Regulatory Authority of Slovakia.

Date: Tuesday, 17 September 2019
Original article: nucnet.org/news/iaea-says-radioactive-waste-management-policy-can-be-improved-9-1-2019

Canada has a committed regulatory body that works for the continuous improvement of nuclear and radiation safety, an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) peer review mission has concluded. The team noted areas for further enhancement.

Date: Tuesday, 17 September 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-team-reviews-Canadian-regulatory-system

France’s Orano on 4 September signed a partnership agreement with Uzbekistan's State Committee for Geology and Mineral Resources (GoscomGeo) to develop uranium mining activities in the country's Navoiy region.

Date: Wednesday, 11 September 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfrance-to-develop-uranium-mining-in-uzbekistan-7405899

France’s Orano on 4 September signed a partnership agreement with Uzbekistan's State Committee for Geology and Mineral Resources (GoscomGeo) to develop uranium mining activities in the country's Navoiy region.

Date: Tuesday, 10 September 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfrance-to-develop-uranium-mining-in-uzbekistan-7405899