Environmental impact assessment of a former lead mine in Sumsar, Kyrgysztan

Environmental impact assessment of a former lead mine in Sumsar, Kyrgysztan

In 2014, the Kyrgyz authorities asked FSD to look in the environmental problems of the former Sumsar mine who was believed to pollute and to put the population of the valley at risk. Specifically, the Ministry of Emergency Services requested that FSD consider an Environmental Impact Assessment / Feasibility Study of the remediation of the site.

FSD formed a team of international and national experts to assess the sources of contamination of three legacy tailings sites and their influence on the environment. Three field missions including the inception one were carried out in September 2015, in April and June 2016. Samples were analysed by the laboratories of BGR In Hannover, Germany, and the Jozef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The interim findings of the study are presented on the 18th of October 2016 at the Hotel Onyx in Bishkek. The full report in English and Russian should be available by the end of 2016.

English                        Russian
                         
Sarnogoev Sumsar                       Sarnogoev Предварительное ТЭО Сумсар
Stegnar Sumsar                       Stegnar Sumsar Rus
Zhakipova Sumsar                       Zhakipova Sumsar Rus
Eberle Sumsar                       Тorgoev Геоэкоситуац. в Сумсаре

 

Ancient landmark of the abandoned mine

Figure 01. Ancient landmark of the abandoned Sumsar mine

 

Girls living in the area of the mine

Figure 02. Girls living in the area of the mine

 

Woman fetching water in the polluted Sumsar river

Figure 03. Woman fetching water from the Sumsar river

 

Children playing in the Sumsar river

Figure 04. Children playing in the Sumsar river

 

Local farmer with his cattle grazing around the Sumsar river

Figure 05. Local farmer with his cattle grazing around the Sumsar river

 

Local children swimming in the Sumsar river

Figure 06. Local children swimming in the Sumsar river

 

Polluted water along the main road to the local village

Figure 07. Chemically contaminated water leaking out of the former entrance of the mine

 

FSD’s Prof. Stegnar, flying the drone to get a comprehensive picture of the polluted area around the mine

Figure 08. FSD uses Sensefly Ebee mapping drones to get high resolution imagery of the tailings sites.

 

FSD’s Prof. Stegnar, explaining technical results to local students while conducting the environmental assessment

Figure 09. FSD’s experts spending time at the Sumsar school to inform about health hazards and the use of scientific instruments

 

 

 

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