Anwar: Review nuclear plans

Posted on May 30, 2011. Filed under: Pollution |

-The Malaysian Insider-

PETALING JAYA, May 29 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today reiterated the call of Pakatan Rakyat (PR) for the government to renew its nuclear plans, and said that exploring nuclear power should not be done at the risk of the safety of Malaysians.

He said this today in reference to Lynas Corp’s planned construction of a rare earth plant in Gebeng.

“No matter what the necessity, we cannot take the risk . . . look at what happened in Chernobyl, Japan,” Anwar told 200 young professionals during a dialogue here.

“At least review it before going ahead with it . . . they (the government) has to be careful, they cannot risk the safety of people.

“Don’t process if no proper study has been completed yet,” the PKR de facto leader said.

Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said yesterday that concerns over Lynas Corp’s Gebeng refinery were exaggerated, saying the public had more to fear from cell phones than the rare earth to be processed there.

Green groups here and in Australia have lobbied their respective governments to scupper the project ahead of the September start date of Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP), citing the company’s opaque plans on waste storage and management of transport between the Mount Weld mine in Western Australia and the Gebeng refinery.

The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) has expressed “grave concern” that waste products could wreak harm on those living nearby.

The association, representing the country’s 13,000 doctors, said the possible health risks presented by radiation from “extremely toxic” thorium outweighed the economic benefits from the project.

Lynas is among the world’s biggest suppliers of rare earth metals, a group of minerals vital in the manufacture of high-technology goods that are ecologically friendly but create toxic by-products in the process.

The RM700 million LAMP is expected to be the world’s largest and most sophisticated on completion.

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“THE LYNAS PROJECT :
THE TEST of ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE and RESPONSIBILITY”
JEONG CHUN PHUOC, Yahoo! Contributor Network
“THE LYNAS PROJECT AND THE TEST OF
ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE AND RESPONSIBILITY”
The Asian Rare Earth (ARE) case in Perak and the Chernobyl disaster in USSR are two notable example of well studies cases.

An environmental analysis showed that the main cause of the catastrophe was “human error” and “structural deficiencies”, etc.

The curve of technological advance in the field of nulcear and rare earth engagements are in constant flux. Hence, all parties must approach the subject with socio-economic objectivity and scientific sensibility .

All inputs and feedbacks can be forwarded to the relevant authority for consideration and adoption.

I believe the government will view all reports and take appropriate action under the GTP towards the realisation of 2020 vision.

…………………………………
JEONG CHUN PHUOC
Consultant in Environment and Taxation
He can be reached at Jeongphu@yahoo.com

*The comments above are his own personal view…..

“OPEN LETTER TO THE OPPOSITION: DO NOT HIJACK THE LYNAS PROJECT”

The opposition and critics must stop politicising the Lynas project and allow the IAEA to perform their work according to the UN Nation mandate.

All allegations must be fowarded to the IAEA, the international scientific community and relevant authorities for verification and review under the rule of law and sciences(RoLS).

The Lynas Project may or may not be a good project, but politicising it may do grave injustice to the
Rule of Sciences and Islamic Sciences promulgated by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.).

………………
Jeong Chun phuoc
Consultant,
Environment and Taxation,

He can be reached at Jeongphu@yahoo.com


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