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[16.10.2OO2] US allocates funds for Kyrgyzstan to deal with nuclear waste

The US government has allocated $500,000 to the Kyrgyzstani government to recover lands near the closed uranium mine in the Kadzhi-Sai settlement at the shore of the Issyk Kul lake, a representative of the Kyrgyzstani Ecology and Emergency Situations Ministry declared. He pointed out that some 400,000 cubic meters of radioactive waste were buried at this site. At the same time, specialists believe that some $15m is necessary to recover lands in the Kadzhi-Sai district.
On the whole, some $200m-300m is necessary to eliminate the aftermath of nuclear production in Kyrgyzstan, according to Askar Akayev, the country's President. At present there are 23 depots of radioactive waste totaling 2.2m cubic meters in Kyrgyzstan. A leak in one of them may endanger the lives of 4m people in the Fergana Valley.
RosBusinessConsulting, October 16, 2002

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