Asia

Informal mining of radioactive dumps linked to cancer rise

Thursday, March 2, 2006

ORLOVKA, 1 March 2006 (IRIN) - Hundreds of people dressed in dirty clothes and masks are digging in a refuse site for lumps of silicon just 10 metres from a radioactive waste dump in the northern Kyrgyz village of Orlovka, 100 km east of the capital, Bishkek.

Through the stench of rotting rubbish and the dust, “miners” sitting around eating and drinking become aggressive when asked if they are aware of the dangers they face.

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Landslide close to Mailuu-Suu uranium dump

Thursday, April 14, 2005

OSH, 14 April 2005 (IRIN) - A landslide which hit the area surrounding the southern Kyrgyz town of Mailuu-Suu on Wednesday evening is causing concern among the authorities because of its proximity to huge radioactive dumps from Soviet-era uranium mines.

The land movement halted the flow of a key river and water source in Mailuu-Suu and blocked the road linking the town with the adjacent village of Sary-Bee, an official told IRIN on Thursday.

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US plutonium reaches French plant

Friday, October 8, 2004

A controversial shipment of US weapons-grade plutonium has reached a processing plant in southern France.

Several dozen anti-nuclear protesters met the convoy on arrival at the plant in Cadarache. They said the plutonium was vulnerable to terrorist attack.

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Turkey drops Akkuyu project, citing IMF economic program

Tuesday, July 18, 2000

Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit announced immediately following a cabinet meeting on July 25 that Turkey will not proceed with a long delayed power reactor project at Akkuyu Bay and may reconsider the nuclear power option only at some unspecified later time after Turkey has mastered serious economic difficulties.

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