Kyrgyzstan (Sovetskoe) – Cleanup of Lead Contamination

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Key pollutant
Lead
Source
Lead smelting, mining & ore processing
Pathway

Soil contact

 

 

Population affected
1,800
Children Under 6 Affected
400
Industry
Lead smelting
Date started
September 2016
Cost of project
USD 30,000
Funders
UNIDO and European Commission
Project Partners

UNIDO

European Commission

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The town Sovetskoe, population 1,800, once had an active lead and zinc ore mining and processing operation.  Although the industry is no longer active, high-levels of contamination remain from the decades of smelting.  The soils have high levels of lead as was indicated by the initial screening assessment conducted in 2013 as part of the Toxic Sites Identification Project (TSIP).  The purpose of the initial assessment was to confirm the findings of the initial screening, collect more data, and assess the possibility of cleanup.
The field assessment was successful. Main contaminated areas and pathways of exposure were identified. The local authorities expressed great interest in removing lead health risks through a cleanup project.

The first stages of the cleanup began in September 2016 and the project is expected to take 6 months to complete.