Carriages with radioactive coal returned from Kyrgyzstan to Kazakhstan

Some 29 wagons with radioactive coal, which were in the Kyrgyz "North" custom house, were returned to Kazakhstan last night, KyrTAG reports with reference to spokesman of the State Customs Service (SCS) of Kyrgyzstan Abdylda Maldybayev on Friday.

"The decision to send these carriages was taken by the interdepartmental commission, established on behalf of the government. Last night, all 29 carriages were sent to Kazakhstan, and they crossed the Kyrgyz-Kazakh border," Maldybayev said.

As Maldybayev recalled, 25 carriages with radioactive coal from Kazakhstan were found at the North customs house located in the town of Kara-Balta, Chui. Earlier 4 carriages with radioactive coal were detained at the same custom house. The whole freight was at the custom house till yesterday.

"In a conversation with us "Kulan TB" CEO recognized that coal is radioactive and but it can be used. But we found that the radiation level exceeds the permissible norm by 10 times," Maldybayev said.

Under the agreement, all costs associated with transportation, assigned to supplier company "Kulan TB". "They have already paid for demurrage and transport costs back and paid for all customs procedures associated with delivery and transportation of coal in the amount of 0.15 percent of the total cost of imported coal. Only after payments the coal was taken out," Maldybayev added.

It should be noted that Ata-Meken faction member Raykan Tologonov said at a meeting on October 26 that the coal brought from Kazakhstan to the thermal power station in Bishkek was radioactive.

Kazakhstan's coal which was brought to the Bishkek thermal power station amounted to 80,000 tons in Kyrgyzstan. Later about 25 carriages with radioactive coal from Kazakhstan were found at the North customs house, located in the town of Kara-Balta, Chui. Overall, about 8,576 tons of coal from the Kulan field was delivered to Kyrgyzstan.

It should be noted that the interdepartmental committee, including Jogorku Kenesh, concluded that the radiation coal from Kulan field (Kazakhstan) exceeds the norm by 8 to 10 times.

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