EBRD to help Kyrgyzstan to rehabilitate uranium production sites

MINEX FORUM | April 5, 2017
img0 A joint delegation from the European Union and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has held talks with the government of Kyrgyzstan on addressing the environmental legacy of uranium mining in Central Asia, said world-nuclear-news.org. Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan formed an important uranium-producing region in the former Soviet Union, and more than 9000 tonnes ...

German green activists are worried that their country is too coal

MINEX FORUM | April 4, 2017
img0 Although Germany has ambitious plans to reduce CO2 emissions over the upcoming decades, a total phase-out of the country’s main climate culprit still seems far off. Deutsche Welle gives a report from Germany’s biggest coal battleground. Germany: Europe’s top coal-burner For nature-lovers, a view of the Garzweiler mine is heartbreaking. Monstrous machines and massive holes ...

Illegal amber mining transforms land to a “moonscape”

MINEX FORUM | March 31, 2017
img0 Illegal amber mining is flourishing in Russia and the Ukraine, but as local gangs take advantage of the bountiful stone, the environment is quickly being decimated. Can the government quell this ‘Baltic gold’ rush, mining-technology.com asks. Amber, or ‘Baltic gold’, is a fossilised resin prized for its beauty and often used in jewellery and decoration. ...

Serbia launchs the Cadaster of Mining Waste

MINEX FORUM | March 31, 2017
img0 Image: ytimg.com Instruments for Pre-Accession Assistance helps economically weak countries in Europe to develop their infrastructure, rural infrastructure, industry and provide their citizens with better living conditions. In Serbia, the Ministry of Mining and Energy of the Republic of Serbia has commenced with the implementation of first such project. lexology.com noted. The goal of the Cadaster of Mining ...

IAEA to prepare indicative cost estimates for the uranium mine remediation in Tajikistan

MINEX FORUM | March 28, 2017
img0 An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) expert team is preparing independent cost estimates to help Tajikistan plan the remediation of uranium legacy sites in the north of the country, world-nuclear-news.org reported. The team from the IAEA’s Coordination Group for Uranium Legacy Sites (CGULS) spent just under two weeks visiting legacy sites, including exposed tailings bodies ...

Ancient copper tools were discovered in Serbia

MINEX FORUM | March 7, 2017
img0 A “sensational” discovery of 75-century-old copper tools in Serbia is compelling scientists to reconsider existing theories about where and when man began using metal, investigatemagazine.co.nz reported. Copper tools – axes, hammers, hooks and needles – were found interspersed with other artefacts from a settlement that burned down some 7,000 years ago at Plocnik, near Prokuplje ...

Polish old mines were transformed into museums

MINEX FORUM | February 1, 2017
img0 In Poland former mines were transformed into tourist attractions. Livemint.com published impressions inspired by some underground mines. Wieliczka Salt Mine Sitting 327m underground, the Wieliczka Salt Mine in the town of Wieliczka has been a tourist attraction since the 15th century, when tours were the preserve of the elite: You needed the consent of the king, ...

Uranium mining legacy fund, Precondition for EBRD project implementation in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

MINEX FORUM | January 26, 2017
img0 Image: ekathimerini.com The EBRD’s latest nuclear safety fund is making progress. Framework agreements have been signed with the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan which will provide the legal basis for implementation of projects in these countries. The purpose of the “Environmental Remediation Account for Central Asia” is to support measures to deal with the legacy of Soviet-era uranium ...