Wait for safer plan for Lynas plant, groups urge Government

Friday January 27, 2012

KUANTAN: The authorities have been urged to wait until a safer plan is implemented for the planned construction of a plant by Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

Four groups protesting the plant here said Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry and Atomic Energy Licensing Board should reject the plant’s pre-operational licence application.

Save Malaysia Stop Lynas chairman Tan Bun Teet said they were disappointed by the weak presentation put up by the company and claimed the proposed waste management plant was unsafe.

Stop Lynas Coalition chairman Andansura Rabu said the proposed plant would result in hazardous and radioactive substances being scattered into the air.

“The Government must enforce its own law to make sure Lynas carries out a detailed environmental impact assessment,” he said.

Pahang Bar Committee chairman Hon Kai Ping pointed out that the location of the permanent disposal facility had not been identified.

“The current location of the residue storage facility built within the plant was unsuitable.

“The land is reclaimed swamp land and is just few kilometres away from the sea,” he added.

Malaysian Medical Association representative Dr Yu Siew Hong said there was no safe dosage of radiation emitted from such a plant.

Article Source http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/1/27/nation/10546978&sec=nation

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