Aluminum   $ 2.1505 kg        |         Cobalt   $ 33.420 kg        |         Copper   $ 8.2940 kg        |         Gallium   $ 222.80 kg        |         Gold   $ 61736.51 kg        |         Indium   $ 284.50 kg        |         Iridium   $ 144678.36 kg        |         Iron Ore   $ 0.1083 kg        |         Lead   $ 2.1718 kg        |         Lithium   $ 29.821 kg        |         Molybdenum   $ 58.750 kg        |         Neodymium   $ 82.608 kg        |         Nickel   $ 20.616 kg        |         Palladium   $ 40303.53 kg        |         Platinum   $ 30972.89 kg        |         Rhodium   $ 131818.06 kg        |         Ruthenium   $ 14950.10 kg        |         Silver   $ 778.87 kg        |         Steel Rebar   $ 0.5063 kg        |         Tellurium   $ 73.354 kg        |         Tin   $ 25.497 kg        |         Uranium   $ 128.42 kg        |         Zinc   $ 2.3825 kg        |         
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Deputies of the Kyrgyz Parliament have voted in favor of a bill to lift the ban on mining uranium and thorium, with 69 votes in favor and three against. The parliamentarians are confident that these legislative changes will bring substantial economic dividends to the country.

The ban on uranium and thorium mining was initially imposed in 2019 when authorities sought to sell a development license for a deposit. However, local residents expressed concerns about potential environmental damage and harm to the water table, leading to a complete ban across the Republic.

Over the past century, the Issyk-Kul region of Kyrgyzstan alone has accumulated 150,000 cubic meters of radioactive waste from uranium mining. The country currently has 92 burial sites containing 23 tailing dumps with uranium elements, resulting in a total volume of 2.9 million cubic meters of poisonous and hazardous substances.

The new bill emphasizes the need for alternative sources of income due to severe economic impacts in recent years. However, it also highlights the importance of strict compliance with environmental norms and standards in uranium and thorium mining.

Minister of Natural Resources, Environment, and Technical Supervision, Melis Turganbayev, assured the deputies that the passage of the bill would not harm the environment or the health of Kyrgyz citizens. Turganbayev explained that the focus is not solely on uranium but also on associated metals. The plan is to mine titanomagnetite, which contains uranium and thorium. The extracted uranium will be sold to other states, while thorium will be stored. Processing will take place at the Kara-Balta Combine in Chui Oblast.

While three deputies voted against the bill, citing environmental concerns, Doctor of Geological and Mineral Sciences, academician Rozalia Jenchuraeva, described the 2019 ban as a “big folly.” She highlighted the need to address the harmful waste and contamination of soil and water caused by hazardous materials lying just 20 meters below the surface. Jenchuraeva believes that mining these elements will clean up the land and create opportunities for the Kara-Balta Combine.

President Japarov, who met with residents near the Kyzyl-Ompol deposit, expressed optimism about the development. He stated that it would create over a thousand jobs and become a significant resource similar to the Kumtor gold deposit. The aim is to boost the local budget and improve the living standards of the people.

Kyzyl-Ompol, a uranium-thorionite placer deposit discovered in 1951, is one of the five areas in Kyrgyzstan where these minerals are found. It has been extensively explored by the Kyrgyz Institute of Geology.