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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
The Lynas plant in Kuantan is unravelling into a nightmare. The Lanthamide concentrates (rare earths) from Australia that Lynas will import into Malaysia contain thorium AND uranium, which the processing in Kuantan will produce massive amount of radioactive wastes.
Further, there appears to be a serious disconnect in the entire review process of the Lynas plant. There seems to be two separate approval processes i.e. the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) under the DoE within the MNRE (Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment), and the Radiological Impact Assessment (RIA) under the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) within the MOSTI (Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation).