Approval of Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment of Zuuvch Ovoo ISR Pilot Project

March 07, 2016

The Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (DEIA) of the Zuuvch Ovoo ISR Pilot Project to be implemented on COGEGOBI’s license ХV-011946 in Ulaanbadrakh soum, Dornogobi province was approved by the Professional Council of the Ministry of Environment, Green development and Tourism of Mongolia in March 2016 after the discussion held in December 2015.

The DEIA was conducted by Environ LLC in cooperation with COGEGOBI’s specialists to assess the potential positive and negative impacts of the pilot project on human health and the environment.

Environ’s professional expert team carried out the environmental impact assessment from November 15, 2014 to May 20, 2015 under four phases as production technology study, environmental baseline study, field study and data processing. The assessment covered the studies of radiation, chemicals, waste, soil, air, fauna (mammals, reptiles, invertebrates and birds) and flora (saxaul), noise, surface and ground water quality, hydrology, public health and socio-economic conditions.

Ts.Enkhjargal, HSE SDLA Director of AREVA Mongol emphasized that “The approval of the DEIA pertaining to the Zuuvch Ovoo ISR pilot project has brought AREVA’s project to a significant stage. In addition to the field surveys, the study of the community opinions and feedback, local policies, mindset, social conditions and public health was of great importance. The assessment team, along with the company representatives, met with the officials of Zuunbayan bag of Sainshand soum, Ulaanbadrakh soum and its Argalant bag and the herder communities residing in the license area to introduce the goals, progress and results of the assessment and get comment. Besides, the assessment team organized the consultation meeting involving all residents of Argalant bag to present the study results, all of which are the substantial efforts organized jointly by the study team and the company specialists”.