The Russian and Kyrgyz sides substantially discussed cooperation in the field of radiation safety and rehabilitation of hazardous facilities at the negotiations held in Minsk within the framework of the 24th meeting of the commission of the CIS countries on the use of energy nuclear power for peaceful purposes. The Kyrgyz Republic was represented at the meeting by the First Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations of the Republic, Azamat Mambetov. The Russian side – Deputy Head – Director of the International Activities Unit of the Rosatom State Corporation Nikolai Spassky.
As noted by the press service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Kyrgyzstan, the department and Rosatom have been successfully cooperating for many years within the framework of the interstate target program “Recovery of the territories of states affected by uranium mining production.”
According to Azamat Mambetov, all works strictly comply with national and international radiation safety standards. Not long ago, the reclamation of Kak tailings dump in Min-Kush village was completed and hazardous waste from Taldy-Bulak tailings dump was successfully transferred to Dalnee tailings dump. The waste stored in the Tuyuk-Suu tailings deposit is also transferred to the latter. The latter was considered the most problematic for the environment. Work began at the end of last year.
Rosatom, in turn, highly values the role of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Kyrgyz Republic in joint projects and considers it a reliable and responsible partner in the implementation of the mentioned program.
According to preliminary estimates, there are more than 40 large so-called nuclear heritage sites in the CIS countries. In November 2022, the Russian side began the development of a comprehensive program aimed at bringing them to a safe state. Initially it is planned to cover several pilot sites. According to experts from the Russian Federation, the rehabilitation of each of them must be approached individually, using the most appropriate technologies and innovative engineering solutions for each case. Currently, Russian experts, together with colleagues from other CIS countries, are forming a register of proposals for these objects.