Lynas plant owner gets rapped for secrecy

Posted on July 21, 2011. Filed under: Pollution |
As the Lynas Advance Material Plant (Lamp) at the Gebeng industrial area, Kuantan gets set for the second phase of the construction of the plant, the local Anti Rare Earth action body (Badar) slammed the Australian mining company for keeping the project’s progress under wraps.

NONEBadar secretary Mohd Prasal Hanif said that the company had struck an agreement with a Thai company for the construction of the plant’s second phase without informing the public whether they had complied with all the phase one requirements laid down by the Atomic Licensing Board (AELB) and the International Trade and Industries Ministry (MITTI).

He said this after meeting with MITTI secretary-general Rebecca Fatima Stamaria today.

Describing the Lynas attitude as arrogant for ignoring the country’s laws, Prasal added that they also did not address the status of the plant.

Million ringgit deal sealed

Also present were the chairman of the group Andansura Rabu and its advisor Zulkefly Mohamad Omar.

azlanAccording to the Australian Associated Press, Lynas Corp had signed a RM630 million deal with a Thai engineering firm Toyo-Thai Corporation to complete phase two of the plant.

The RM700 million plant, which has stirred fear in Kuantan and Balok residents over its radioactive waste, is facing strong opposition from them

The first phase of the plant is expected to be completed by end of this year, while the second is scheduled for completion by the end of 2012.

According to Zulkefly, Rebecca admitted during the meeting that MITI and Lynas had made a serious mistake by approving the project without prior consultation with the public.

“She admitted the mistake of no communication and engagement with the local people,” he said.

“They should have done this from day one,” added Prasal.

However, they stressed that the ultimate goal of the group is to stop the project before it starts operating.


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“The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.” (Roosevelt 1937)

“…most of that waste water is discharged without being effectively treated, which not only contaminates potable water for daily living, but also contaminates the surrounding water environment and irrigated farmlands…”

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