Lynas: No radioactive ores being shipped to M’sia

Posted on October 14, 2011. Filed under: Pollution |

–Free Malaysia Today–

The information is factually wrong, says the company.

PETALING JAYA: Lynas Corporation Ltd today denied that radioactive ores from Mount Weld, Australia, will be shipped to Malaysia by the end of this month.

Yesterday, Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh said that at a monthly meeting between the Kuantan Port Authority and the land occupants of the Gebeng area (where the Lynas plant is located), it was revealed that the raw material will be shipped to Kuantan by month-end.

But Lynas said that the claim was wrong.

“The claim that Lynas will begin shipments of rare earth concentrates from Mount Weld to Kuantan by month’s end is factually wrong,” the company said in a statement.

Lynas also said the raw materials from Mount Weld were “non-toxic, non-hazardous and non-radioactive”.

It cited a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) which stated that the plant was safe and had complied with international standards.

The IAEA report released in June found that there was no danger of radioactive risk. However, it also stated that Lynas has to meet 11 recommendations before further licences can be granted.

Lynas said that it will implement the IAEA’s recommendations in full in compliance with its duty on disclosure to the public.

“Lynas clearly understands its obligation not to import concentrates into Malaysia until a pre-operating licence is granted,” it said.

Meanwhile, Lynas executive chairman Nicholas Curtis took a swipe at Fuziah for misleading the public.

Although not naming her specifically, he said: “These allegations are part of a campaign to deliberately distort the facts about Lynas. They create unnecessary fear in the local community for political purposes.”

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