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KYRGYZSTAN highly polluted by uranium tailings

KYRGYZSTAN: Mailuu-Suu ranked third in the list of world’s worst polluted places URANIUM TAILINGS 8 Dec 09  URANIUM.KG Mailuu-Suu in Kyrgyzstan ranked third in the list of the world’s worst polluted places according to the report issued by the New-York-based of Blacksmith Institute for 2009.This list, which is compiled annually, is formed from 1100 geographical spots, where state of environment causes serious concern

rn.The first in the list is — Chernobyl (Ukraine), where the population was evacuated from the affected area.Second is Dzerzhinsk (Russia) called by Blacksmith as the «most chemically polluted settlement» on the planet. During the Soviet era this city has produced toxic weapons for 50 years. Today chemical industry remains the main employers. According to Blacksmith, soil in suburban area contains more than 250 thousand tones of hazardous wastes. Average life expectancy is 45 years.

The third in the list is Mailuu-Suu, where «uranium wastes pose a problem that can not be solved by modern methods».In Mailuu-Suu during soviet time uranium was mined. Currently there are 23 tailings and 13 mine rocks in the city containing almost 2 mln. Cubic meters of processed uranium ore.

KYRGYZSTAN: Mailuu-Suu ranked third in the list of world’s worst polluted places « URANIUM.KG

December 15, 2009 - Posted by | environment, Kyrgyzstan | , , , , , ,

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