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Kyrgyz Town Has Uranium in Its Blood (associated press article via RANSAC)
MAYLUU-SUU, Kyrgyzstan -- Lenin's portrait still watches over the rusting, closed Izolit uranium processing plant here, where 23 radioactive waste sites infest the landslide-prone hills -- a catastrophe-in-waiting that threatens to poison the river below and the most populous area of Central Asia.
Some 2 million cubic meters of tailings -- leftovers from more than two decades of refining the uranium from mines in this Kyrgyz mountain town as well as from as far off as East Germany -- are buried in this valley along the Mayluu-Suu River. The waterway runs a short distance south to Uzbekistan and the Fergana Valley, Central Asia's agricultural heartland, which has 12 million inhabitants.
The potential disasters rattle readily off the tongue of Arip Kokkozov, an official at the Ministry of Ecology and Emergency Situations who monitors waste sites. Landslides could carry waste into the river, snow and rain could cause leaks from containers built with outdated technology, wind could carry waste through the air, or the heavy radioactive materials could seep into groundwater.
Originally posted by DYepes
This is, wow this is not good at all. Its alot more serious than I think some people are considering. We are talkign a whole region here that could possibly be contaminated by radioactive wastes. That mans imports on agricultural goods in that area will be restricted, and land becomes unsafe. The economy will be devastated. I do believe they have natural gas andoil in that area so workers will just have to wear those suits.