LYNAS CORP LTD, LYNAS MALAYSIA, LETTER REGARDING AUSTRALIAN PARLIAMENT RESEARCH PAPER
Posted on May 28, 2011 by simonthongwh|
Parliament of Australia research paper no. 11 2007-08
1 WHOM DO WE BELIEVE – LYNAS OR THE PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA
Lynas has claimed that their rare earth from Mt Weld is from lanthanide ore, which is naturally low in thorium.
On the other hand a research paper by the Australian Parliament claimed otherwise.
This information leaves the concerned citizens of Kuantan very worried of the situation that’s pending should AELB decide to issue license to operate. Thus I urge the authorities especially AELB to look into this matter into more detail. Also for the authorities to consult other experts to provide input on this matter.
Below is an extract from a research paper by the Parliament of Australia:
Under the Laws of Malaysia Act 304, Atomic Energy Licensing Act 1984
1)The levels of naturally occurring Thorium from the Lynas Mount Weld mine in Australia is not considered low, as claimed by Lynas. According to the Parliament of Australia research paper no. 11 2007-08, the main source of Thorium in Australia is the mineral monazite which is a reddish-brown rare-earth phosphate mineral and that contains 8–10 per cent Thorium. Based on Lynas Target capacity of 22,000 tons per year rare earth, the Thorium residue in Gebeng is a whopping 1760 tons to 2200 tons, and this will be the amount of radioactive waste/residue generated by Lynas in Gebeng.
[*From amang (tahi bijih) we can get monozite (used in ARE 6% Th), illmenite, xenotime and zirconium.*]
2)The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development/Nuclear Energy Agency OECD/NEA and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has compiled estimates of Thorium resources on a country-by-country basis. And, Australia is World Ranking Number 1 in Thorium resources. There are technical issues yet to be resolved before a Thorium-based fuel cycle can become common. Australia government concluded in the research paper that, even if the technical issues can be resolved there are still residual environment concern in the mining, handling and storage of radioactive materials.
3)Therefore, 1760 tons to 2200 tons of Thorium generated by Lynas in Gebeng every year will become radioactive waste/residue to be dumped here in Kuantan by the Australian. And, Lynas claim that it will place funds with the Malaysian government to ensure safe management of radioactive waste/residue is illegal and against the laws of Malaysia under Act 304, Atomic Energy Licensing Act 1984
Reference – Parliament of Australia Research paper:
Posted by Dr. Joyce Lee at 6:14 PM
2 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The media release is sending on behalf of MP Kuantan cum PKR Vice President YB Fuziah Salleh for publishing the letter from Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam to Lynas CEO Nick Curtis over LAMP (Lynas Advanced Materials Plant) issues in Gebeng, Malaysia. Senator Scott questions Lynas about the appropriateness of environmental monitoring and safety measures, as well as LAMP’s long-term storage of radioactive thorium waste – that could damage the livelihood, health of the local people and the local environment.
Kuantan, Pahang, 14 April 2011
Thanks & Regards,
Dr. Joyce Lee
Letter from Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam to Lynas CEO Nick Curtis Over LAMP Issues
Chief Executive Officer
PO Box 1884
Osborne Park BC
Western Australia 6916
Dear Mr Curtis,
I write to express my concerns about reports that Lynas Corporation is pursuing project in Malaysia that will not be subject to appropriate environmental monitoring and regulation.
The rare earth project, known as LAMP (Lynas Advanced Materials Plant), has raised fears amongst local people in Malaysia. It has been claimed that through a technical flaw in the relevant section of Malaysian law, no Environmental Impact Assessment was required for the project despite the radioactive wastes and hazardous chemicals involved.
The proposed Kuantan site is near a deep water port and is also close to the state’s major fishing grounds and coastal resorts. The area is densely populated and there are many fishing villages in the vicinity. Fishery and coastal and marine tourism are major sources of livelihoods for the local people and many have participated in protests against the project.
I appreciate that rare earth metals have become increasingly important for high‐tech manufacturing, but, as the people of Malaysia are all too acutely aware, refining rare earth ore usually leaves thousands of tons of low‐level radioactive waste behind. The last rare earth refinery in Malaysia, operated by Mitsubishi Chemical, is now one of Asia’s largest radioactive waste cleanup sites.
However, the Malaysian government has demonstrated a noticeable level of enthusiasm for this project, even offering a 12‐year tax ‘holiday’, though I understand it is expected the refinery will generate $1.7 billion a year in exports starting late next year, equal to nearly one per cent of the entire Malaysian economy.
While rare earths are not radioactive themselves almost every rare earth ore deposit around the world contains thorium. One concern is; what will become of the radioactive by‐products produced at the plant? Building 12 acres of “interim” lined storage pools was one of the pledges your company made to secure permission to put the refinery in an area already environmentally damaged by the chemical plants that line the Balok River but the question of the long‐term storage of the Lynas plant’s radioactive thorium waste remains unresolved.
The Australian Greens would greatly appreciate the opportunity to learn more about the safety measures being taken by Lynas to ensure this project represents no threat to the local environment or the local people and their livelihoods. Please contact my office as soon as possible to discuss the matter.
Senator for Western Australia
Posted by Dr. Joyce Lee at 5:04 AM
LYNAS ANSUTRALIA WILL BE THE HEALTH KILLER OF MANY, ESPECIALLY IN PAHANG STATE AS MANY WILL SUFFER AND BE VICTIMS.
NEGERI RACUN IS THE NEW NAME FOR THIS STATE????
Posted on September 27, 2011 by admin
（彭亨‧關丹24日訊）國內18個具影響力的非政府組織及黨團，今日在關丹正式設立”阻止萊納聯盟”（Stop Lynas Coalition），以集合各方力量，阻止格賓稀土廠計劃投入操作。
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