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Environmental Impact of the Kadji-Sai Uranium Tailing Site, Kyrgyzstan

  • Zheenbek Kulenbekov
  • Broder J. Merkel
Part of the Springer Geology book series (SPRINGERGEOL)

Abstract

Radioactive waste and tailings of the former Kadji-Sai uranium mine in north eastern Kyrgyzstan and treatment plant are a severe environmental concern. In 2009 and 2010 hydrochemical in-situ measurements were carried out and laboratory investigations of surface and ground water were performed. Concentrations of uranium in natural springs, wells, and lake water were found to be above guideline values of WHO. The average gamma radiation at the area of interest is 2.6 mSv/y, however, at one point of the tailing site a gamma dose of 29.9 mSv/y was read.

Keywords

Uranium Concentration Uranium Mining Gamma Dose Equivalent Dose Rate Terminal Lake 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zheenbek Kulenbekov
    • 1
  • Broder J. Merkel
    • 1
  1. 1.TU Bergakademie FreibergFreiberg/Sa.Germany

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