Your right to ask, Gebeng folk told

Posted on April 12, 2011. Filed under: Pollution |

-The Star-

KUALA LUMPUR: Lynas Corporation, which is building a controversial rare earth processing plant in the Gebeng industrial area, said people had the right to query it over the project.

Nicholas Curtis, executive chairman of the Australian company, maintained that the project was entirely safe.

“We are transparent about our operations and people can ask us any question,” he said.

Lynas has invested up to RM700mil in the project and the plant, located in the Gebeng chemical and petrochemical hub, is expected to be operational in September.

The residents are mainly concerned over one of the proposed plant’s waste products, iron phospho gypsum, which contains naturally occuring low-level radioactive thorium.

The firm has said that it would place these residues in safe, reliable engineered storage cells.

“I find the comments that we are here to damage the next generation of Malaysian children as offensive and upsetting to me. It’s just not true,” Curtis said.

He said the project was sought-after elsewhere but Malaysia was the preferred destination due to its excellent infrastructure and skilled workforce.

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