The Copperbelt Environment Project (CEP) is to spend over $1.3 million to dispose 40,000 metric tonnes of uranium tailings dumped at TD 11 and TD 13 in Kitwe’s Mindolo Mine Township.
CEP Communications Speciality Mumbuna Kufekisa told ZANIS in an Interview in Kitwe today that CEP, in conjuction with ZCCM- Investment Holdings, has decided to dispose of the uranium tailings dumped at TD 11 and TD 13 from mining activities in the 1960s as they were a health and environmental hazard.
Mr Kufekisa said the uranium would be taken for storage where they would be buried in a disposal cell and covered with laterite and vegetation at a Mopani Copper Mines dump site.
He disclosed that the exercise, which was being undertaken by Copperfield Mining, would be done over a period of four months and at a cost of $1.3 million.
He further dislcosed that a new road had also been constructed by the project in the mine area which would be used by the local residents even after the exercise.
A public disclosure meeting with Armco residents has since been held on the movement of the uranium tailings dump in Kitwe to a deposal site at Mopani Copper Mines dump.
He added that the community in Mindolo’s Armco compound had been sensitised about the programme and what to expect and avoid increase of spillage.