Lynas to ship rare earth to Kuantan by end of October

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

-Malaysiakini.com-

Despite the unsettled controversy surrounding the safety of the rare earth ore, the Lynas Advanced Material Plant (Lamp) is expected to begin shipping the material by the end of this month.

azlanKuantan PKR parliamentarian Fuziah Salleh said the matter was discussed during the Health, Safety and Environment Committee meeting with Kuantan Port Authorities, Kuantan Port Consortium and the Land Occupants of Kuantan Port area last week.

The shipping of the ore will commence although Lynas has yet to satisfy the 11 recommendations put forth by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) panel.

IAEA insisted that the recommendations must be satisfied before an operational licence is issued to the company by the Malaysian government.

This also contradicts the government’s previous assurance that “Lynas will only be given the nod to operate once it fulfills all the recommendations”.

Among the key recommendations Lynas needs to fulfill pertain to the submission of documents on a permanent waste disposal plan, a plant decommissioning plan and the intensification of communication with affected parties to demonstrate how it will ensure the radiological safety of the public and the environment.

Referring to report in the Star, Fuziah, quoting the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB), said that the local regulatory body had received the long-term waste management plan from
Lynas but has yet to analyse it.

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