On 17 February, 2020, JSC National Atomic Company “Kazatomprom” and the Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (“Memorandum”) related to environmental protection.
The signing took place during the XXII corporate meeting of Kazatomprom on issues relating to industrial safety, which was also attended by the heads of Kazatomprom and other Government Agencies, together with representatives of JSC “Samruk-Kazyna” and its portfolio companies. Kazatomprom subsidiaries and affiliates and other business partners were also present.
Magzum Mirzagaliyev, the Minister of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan said:
“I am pleased to note Kazatomprom is focused on introducing modern technologies in its production process to minimize environmental damage. Within the framework of this memorandum, we also plan to implement a project for the disposal of solid radioactive waste from UMP JSC at the former Semipalatinsk Test Site”. After the launch of the project the plant will cease disposal of solid radioactive waste in the special facilities of the UMP tailing facility, which will minimize the environmental risk of any impact of the waste on in the region.
Galymzhan Pirmatov, Chief Executive Officer of Kazatomprom emphasized:
“Industrial safety and environmental protection remain the key core priorities for Kazatomprom. The company will continue to implement measures aimed at improving the culture of industrial safety, and to create an open and honest dialogue with all stakeholders. I am pleased to confirm there were no industrial accidents at any Kazatomprom enterprises in 2019.”
The objective of the Memorandum is to improve the overall environmental performance in all regions where Kazatomprom operates and to minimize the impact of the production activities of its subsidiaries and affiliates on the population and the environment.