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. …
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.
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?
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
CAP and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) are outraged to learn that the Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Perak had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a Hong Kong company, CVM Minerals Ltd, for a joint-venture exercise to explore and mine rare earth and other potential minerals and related activities at Bukit Merah, near Ipoh.