The Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine (NPGU) warns of a possible power outage at the country's uranium mines from April 1.
"De-energizing from April 1, 2021 of uranium mines of SE" VostGOK "due to debts to electricity suppliers, may lead to flooding of mines and contamination of groundwater with radioactive substances, will have irreversible consequences both for Ukraine as a whole and for the whole world , because it will lead to contamination of the drinking layer of water, chernozems, air with radiation, "says union report on Facebook.
According to the trade union, representatives of the 5000th labor collective of SE VostGOK demand an urgent convocation of a meeting with the participation of the Prime Minister, the leadership of the Ministry of Energy, the administration of SE VostGOK, SE NAEK Energoatom and trade unions.
The head of the NPGU, People's Deputy of Ukraine Mykhailo Volynets, together with other People's Deputies, sent the corresponding appeal to the President of Ukraine, Prime Minister, acting Minister of Energy with a warning about the consequences of the authorities' irresponsible attitude towards uranium mining.
"The labor collective of SE" VostGOK "reserves the right to take more radical actions within the framework of the current legislation in order to protect their legitimate rights and interests, including holding a protest to preserve and fully operate the uranium mining enterprise, employs 5,000 Ukrainians and works to ensure energy independence and security of the country, ”the union warned.
VostGOK is one of the ten largest uranium producers (2% of world production) and is the only enterprise in Ukraine that ensures the extraction of uranium ore and the production of natural uranium concentrate. The enterprise provides up to 40% of uranium needs of Ukrainian nuclear power plants. The plant has production sites in Dnepropetrovsk and Kirovograd regions, three uranium mines, three factories, about 20 auxiliary divisions. All this makes it possible to provide a full cycle of operations for the extraction and processing of uranium ore.