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Environmental Rehabilitation Budgeted at 33 million euros

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| 23 September 2016

On 23 September, EDM – Empresa de Desenvolvimento Mineiro concludes another stage of the environmental rehabilitation of former Urgeiriça uranium mine, where operations were discontinued in 1999, with the opening of a modern recreation and sports area for the local population.

This area was transferred to Nelas Council, which filed with the Civil Parish of Canas de Senhorim, and with the Urgeiriça Mines Staff House, the terms of its opening to the public, use and management, in a ceremony attended by the Secretary of State for Energy, Jorge Seguro Sanches.

At the same time, the municipality of Nelas and EDM signed a ‘Partnership Agreement’ with the goal of marking the wide range of current and future cooperation between the two entities geared towards putting at the service of the local community the heritage and areas recovered from the former mines.

Forming part of one of the largest environmental remediation investments ever made in Portugal, which should, at the end of the work, amount to around 33 million euros, the Urgeiriça mine redevelopment project receives financial support from European Structural Funds.

EDM – Empresa de Desenvolvimento Mineiro, under the “Outline Study of Radioactive Ore Areas”, established a ‘Master Plan’ of actions and works to be implemented, in a phased manner, with a view to the environmental recovery of that mining area through a conceptual model based on technical principles deemed appropriate in relation to hydrological, environmental and radiological aspects.