D-G: No licence application from Lynas

Posted on April 13, 2011. Filed under: Pollution |

-The Star-

KUANTAN: The Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) has yet to receive a pre-operation licence application from Lynas Corporation.

Its director-general Raja Datuk Abdul Aziz Raja Adnan said the board had only issued a site and construction licence to Lynas, which is building a rare earth refinery in Gebeng near here.

“The board did not receive any application from them. We will not even consider granting the licence if the application is not complete,” he said yesterday.

Raja Abdul Aziz said that once AELB received the documents, it would put together a committee of experts to conduct a six-month assessment on all aspects of the plant, especially safety.

“If we are unable to do that, we will get international appraisal by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

“Only after everything checks out fine, according to our rules, can the licence be approved,” he said.

Lynas executive chairman Nicholas Curtis (pic) had told members of the press that the Australian mining company had submitted its application and Raja Abdul Aziz had personally received it.

He also said there was no need to transport the waste from the rare earth process back to Australia.

“There is no risk associated with the waste at all. Our water will be fully treated before being released back into the environment.

“As for the solid residue, gypsum will be a by-product, which we will sell on the market as Malaysia is an importer,” Curtis said, adding that the low level of naturally-occurring radiation only goes to one of these residue, iron phospho gypsum, which will be stored in stable engineered storage cells.

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