“This year we have done the entire workload to eliminate the powerful
infrastructure for testing nuclear weapons at the former Semipalatinsk
testing ground,” he said in an interview with Vecherny Almaty newspaper,
published on Tuesday.
One hundred and eighty-one wells have been closed down in the Delegen
mountainous area and 13 unused testing wells at the Balapan sector, and
barriers have been built to isolate the nuclear wastes.
“Access to nuclear wastes and to related ‘sensitive’ information has been blocked,” Batyrbekov said.