BISHKEK, April 16. An international conference devoted to problems of rehabilitation of the area of the town Mailysuu in the southern Kyrgyzstan has started in Bishkek today. Kyrgyzstan's Ecology and Emergency Situations Minister, Satyvaldy Chyrmashev, told the conference that the rehabilitation of the town's area taken up by uranium tailings dump, will require about $40 to 50 millions. There are about 23 uranium waste storages and 13 heaps of uranium tailings there. Most of them are in a very severe conditions, rising a risk of a regional ecological disaster in any time. Chyrmashev said that there is a risk of an environmental pollution in the whole Ferghana valley because of the possible disaster.
A representative of the World Bank told the meeting that about $25 million needed for the rehabilitation works. According to Chyrmashev, the U.S. government is considering to allocate about $5 millions next year for these purposes. U.S. and Russia have already allocated $600,000 to carry out some preliminary rehabilitation works in the town.
The Bishkek conference has brought together experts from U.S., Germany, Turkey, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. It is expected that the conference will wrap-up its work on April 18.