Clean-up at uranium processing plant

The project will sanitise and re-cultivate the MAPE Mydlovary site, removing contaminated structures of the former chemical uranium treatment plant.

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Some 25 936 m3 of contaminated material will be mined out, and another 24 265 m3 of demolished and decontaminated building structures and technological equipment removed, resulting in reduced radiation levels and contamination risks in drinking water and surface water, and allowing for vegetation to be re-established and meadows and pastures to exist once more.

Planting seeds for the future

The premises targeted by this project are located in the South Bohemian Region. The chemical treatment plant used to be one of three main centres for chemical processing of uranium ore in the Czech Republic, and operated from 1962 to 1991. It was closed when the uranium ore mining activities were terminated. Until 1994, other production activities were conducted on the premises, but since then the buildings have not been used.

The aim of this project is to establish a forest at the site of the chemical treatment plant as well as grassland (meadow, pasture) at the KIV/D tailings impoundment. Given the extent and special nature of the work to be carried out, 60 jobs will be created under the project, each lasting almost two years.

Two-stage decontamination process

Reaching the project goals involves two main tasks. The first is liquidation of the chemical ore treatment plant and sanitation of the premises: this phase deals with removing the contaminated buildings now located on the premises of the chemical treatment plant and excavating and replacing the contaminated soil. Uncontaminated buildings will be removed at the same time. After removal, vegetation across the whole area can then be re-established.

The second stage is sanitation and reclamation of the KIV/D tailings impoundment: It includes the final shaping of the terrain, installation of the tailings impoundment insulating element, installation of the covering layer, and biological re-cultivation for future agriculture activities in the area (meadows, pastures). The main goal here is to minimise surface water infiltration into the KIV/D tailings impoundment and contamination of the underground water.


Draft date

28/09/2011