Consumers Association of Penang

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Natural disaster or human interference?

CAP is saddened by the recent landslide in Kampung Sungai Ruil, Cameron Highlands that has claimed seven lives.  
Whilst the cause of the landslide that hit the Orang Asli settlement is being investigated by the authorities, there are speculations that a land clearing and earthworks nearby the settlement for a township development by LBS Bina Group Berhad could have contributed to the disaster.

Stop Lynas: Malaysians protest at corporate HQ in Sydney

July 5, 2011 - A delegation of 12 Malaysians held a protest outside the Australian company Lynas' HQ in Sydney against its construction of the world’s largest rare earth refinery in the industrial estate of Gebeng, near the port of Kuantan. There is growing opposition because the refinery will leave highly toxic and radioactive behind. A previous rare earths refinery in Bukit Merah (operated by Mitsubishi, now a significant shareholder in Lynas) was forced to close down and clean up after a 12-year-long struggle by residents and environmental activists.

See Youtube video here

No confidence in IAEA review team report on Lynas project

CAP and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) are disappointed that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has given the go ahead to the proposed Lynas rare earth processing plant in Gebeng by concluding that the review team was not able to identify any non-compliance with international radiation safety standards.  The team had nevertheless identified 10 issues which it considered that improvements were necessary before the next licensing phase of the Lynas project.

Lynas RIA is full of holes

The Radiological Impact assessment (RIA) for the Lynas plant which was made available for public viewing on 30 May 2011 has cast serious doubts on the whole approval procedure and due diligence process.

Firstly, the RIA made public recently was done in June 2010. However, it made references to an earlier version approved in 2008. 

Why was the RIA approved in 2008 before the revised version was completed in 2010? Can an approved RIA be later updated, post-approval? 

How does this reflect on the integrity of the RIA process and the due diligence process? Why is the originally approved 2008 version not in the public domain?

CAP-SAM submission to IAEA International Panel

Written Submission to the IAEA International Panel:
Review of Lynas at Gebeng, Kuantan
Thursday, 2 June 2011
Consumers’ Association of Penang and Sahabat Alam Malaysia