|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.
Figure 01. Ancient landmark of the abandoned Sumsar mine
Figure 02. Girls living in the area of the mine
Figure 03. Woman fetching water from the Sumsar river
Figure 04. Children playing in the Sumsar river
Figure 05. Local farmer with his cattle grazing around the Sumsar river
Figure 06. Local children swimming in the Sumsar river
Figure 07. Chemically contaminated water leaking out of the former entrance of the mine
Figure 08. FSD uses Sensefly Ebee mapping drones to get high resolution imagery of the tailings sites.
Figure 09. FSD’s experts spending time at the Sumsar school to inform about health hazards and the use of scientific instruments