Lynas required to compile residents health data for future comparison

Posted on July 19, 2011. Filed under: Pollution |

-The Star-

KUANTAN: Lynas Corp is required to compile a medical history of residents living nearby the Gebeng industrial area that would contain their present state of health with the aim of using the information for future comparison after its rare earth facility commenced operation.

Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) director general Raja Datuk Abdul Aziz Raja Adnan said it would serve as a baseline data for Lynas before the operation began.

“It will be used later to provide a comparison for assessing the operation’s impact on the people living in nearby areas such as Balok.

“We will see whether there is any increase of people afflicted with radiation-linked diseases or cancer,” he said when met after a briefing on the project to state government officers and staff here recently.

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