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Kurgan Region: Residents Support Dalur Plans for Developing Uranium Mining
According to the results of public hearings held in the Dalmatovsky, Shumikhinsky and Zverinogolovsky districts, the materials justifying the license for the construction of nuclear facilities were supported.
«Our Company is actively developing. In 2019, it is planned to begin industrial development of the Khokhlovskoye deposit in the Shumikhinsky district and pilot industrial works at the Dobrovolnoye deposit in the Zverinogolovsky district. At the central production site of the Dalmatovskoye deposit, the volumes of associated scandium mining will increase significantly. The implementation of these projects, of course, involves construction of new industrial facilities. According to the law, we are obliged to present our plans to the public, to give everyone the opportunity to make additions to the drafts of presented documents,» said Nikolai Poponin, Director General of Dalur, JSC.
A qualified majority of the participants in the hearings supported the development plans of Dalur, JSC. In the Uksyanskoe village (Dalmatovsky district) the materials justifying the license for the construction of nuclear facilities were accepted unanimously. In the Trusilovo village (Shumikhinsky district), 45 of the present people voted «for», 2 «against». In the Trud i Znanie village (Zverinogolovsky district), 42 participants of the hearings voted «for», 4 «against». Earlier, residents of Zverinogolovsky district approved an important document — a preliminary version of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) project for the construction and operation of the pilot site for uranium in-situ leaching at the Dobrovolnoye deposit. According to the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dalur, JSC — Deputy Director General of ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. for the strategy, Alexander Burutin, the results of the hearings first of all testify to the successful information and explanatory work that the Company conducted with the local residents. «The very word „uranium“ gives people quite understandable concerns. In order to dispel them, explain and prove the absence of the negative impact of our activities on the environment and human health, we engaged well-known scientists and independent experts. The information center of Dalur, JSC operates in the Zverinogolovskoye village, where any local resident can turn with a question and get a qualified answer. Tours to our industrial sites are organized on a monthly basis, their participants see with their own eyes that in-situ leaching technology is indeed the most environmentally friendly, that the radioactivity of productive solutions is at the level of the natural background. We managed to dispel public concerns and we will continue to work on providing the nuclear industry with strategic metal,» he said.