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[30.06.23] Results of EU Uranium Clean-Up Project Presented In Kyrgyz Town

The results of a European Commission project to clean up uranium-tailings dumps in the southern Kyrgyz town of Maili-Suu were presented there on 30 June. According to the European Commission representation in Kyrgyzstan, the two-year project included assessing the danger posed by the dumps, stabilizing the dump that was found to pose the greatest threat, improving the monitoring system that was already in place, and carrying out a technical and economic analysis of various ways to correct the situation. According to centrasia.ru, the mayor of Maili-Suu complained that the findings of the 500,000-euro ($575,000) project are not new; 130,000 euros worth of promised monitoring equipment has not arrived; and two-thirds of the total amount of the project went to foreign firms, while only 30,000 euros went to local contractors. An EU expert was quoted by akipress.org as saying that 3 million euros will be needed to remove the radioactive waste from the most unstable of the dump sites.
akipress.org, June 30, 2003

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