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UCIL to establish Environmental Survey Laboratory in Meghalaya
Correspondent SHILLONG, DEC 8:
Published on 8 Dec. 2009 11:59 PM IST
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The Uranium Corporation of India (UCIL) will establish an Environmental Survey Laboratory to monitor the environment during the mining of uranium in the state, Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Bindo M Lanong said today. The laboratory will be having for most modern detection equipment and manned by experts to monitor the level of radioactivity in air, water, vegetation, food-stuff in the uranium mining sites and its surrounding areas, he told members of the Assembly. To a query raised by Manas Chaudhuri, Mr Lanong said that the government would also ensure that the UCIL takes cares for safe mining. Lanong, who also holds the Mining and Geology portfolio, said that the Laboratory would also monitor parameters such as dust and noise having a bearing on the health of the persons. Besides carrying out comprehensive health assessment, the Deputy Chief Minister said that the laboratory would analyse industrial safety. To a question raised by HS Lyngdoh of Hill State People’s Democratic Party with regards to radioactive pollution, Mr Lanong said that the treatment of the entire mine water in effluent treatment plant will be carried out before its re-use in the operational cycle. Other measures include complete neutralisation of mill tailings before discharging the solids in tailings pond and strict adherence to the regulatory guidelines stipulated by Pollution Control Board and other regulatory agencies, he said. Further, Lanong said that the technical and biological reclamation of the mining affected areas would be undertaken to maintain the original topography of the terrain. “We will also ensure regular monitoring of air and water samples in the uranium mining sites,” Lanong said. With regard to industrial safety, the Deputy Chief Minister said that for the safety of the employees engaged in the site, various rules and regulations formulated by different agencies would be strictly adhered.

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