From April 1, the Ingulskaya, Novokonstantinovskaya and Smolinskaya uranium mines of Vostok GOK may suspend operations due to the expiration of the contract for the purchase of uranium concentrate. This is stated in the message Of the Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine on the official Facebook page.
Uranium concentrate, which is mined at three mines of the Kirovograd region, is purchased by NNEGC "Energoatom", but the contract for its purchase is valid only until April 1. And if an additional agreement is not concluded and the issue of joining the SE "Vostok GOK" to NNEGC "Energoatom" is resolved, then the issue of the further work of the state enterprise will be under threat.
According to the Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine, 5,000 jobs in a region where there are no other vacancies will be threatened.
Do not forget about the environmental consequences of the shutdown of the SE "Vostok GOK". The union recalled that if the uranium mines stop working, they will be flooded with groundwater, which will be contaminated with toxic substances.