Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Memorandum to Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir and Cabinet Ministers

Protect Malaysia and Stop Lynas from Polluting Our Environment

We, the undersigned NGOs and concerned individuals call on the Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Climate Change (MESTECC) Yeo Bee Yin and Jawatankuasa Kaukus Parlimen Pantau Lynas (Parliamentary Caucus on Lynas) and all Cabinet Ministers to:

· Suspend Lynas’ operating licence to STOP Lynas polluting our precious environment and exposing the public to Lynas’ hazards for now and for future generations

· ENSURE that Lynas has a timeline to ship out the toxic waste before the expiry of its operating licence in mid-September

· Do not approved of Lynas’ application to turn its current waste storage site as a prescribed premise for its scheduled waste

· A high populated heavy rainfall wet tropical country like Malaysia cannot afford to sacrifice hundreds of hectares of precious land and pristine forest to create another risky tomb to isolate Lynas’ half a million tonnes of toxic waste

· ENSURE that the promised US$50 million deposit from Lynas is paid in full in cash, just in case Malaysia ends up having to carry out the Lynas clean up exercise.

Lynas is a 100% Australian-owned junior mining company that places profit before ethics, public and environmental health. It has denied scientific truth about the hazards from its waste and effluent, leaving them to pollute our environment since production started in 2012. A responsible Government would have shut down the plant, imposed heavy fine and ordered the company to remove its waste and clean up its contamination to as far as it has spread from the environment. Lynas’ hazards are cancer-causing radioactive thorium and uranium, toxic elements consist of heavy metals, arsenic and chemicals found in its toxic waste that should have been isolated from the environment.

We welcome Tun’s recent announcement to impose a new condition requiring Lynas to only bring in radioactive-free semi-processed feedstock for refining at its Malaysian plant. However, we are deeply concerned that despite Lynas’ own monitoring data showing that serious toxic heavy metals have contaminated our ground water since 2015, no action has been taken to stop these cancer-causing elements from entering our environment as Lynas continues with its operations to generate these hazards.

Our Regulators Have FAILED in their Duty of Care

Our regulators namely Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) and Department of Environment (DoE) have both failed in their duty of care to act in their mandated roles to enforce the law. No other business in the world have been allowed to store over 450,000 tonnes of toxic waste in the open wrapped up only with plastic sheets! No other business in Malaysia has been allowed to accumulate nearly 1.2 million tonnes of scheduled waste on site when our regulation has limited onsite storage of not more than 20 tonnes for up to 180 days! No decent regulator would remain silent and not verify the source or cause of serious toxic heavy metal contamination of the ground water when data from 2015-2016 have shown this problem, when 50 families in the local area are dependent on ground water for their daily uses.

Instead, these public funded ‘regulators’ have continued to sing praises to protect Lynas, despite scientific facts and data showing that Lynas’ waste disposal site is problematic as it is in a flood and fire prone low-lying porous peat mangrove with ground water table less than 1 metre from the surface. They have failed to critically verify Lynas’ misleading and false claims of zero harm and international best practice, putting our environment and local people at risk.

Lynas is a Liability for Malaysia

Ultimately, rakyat of Malaysia will end up paying for the Government’s failure in stopping this toxic rerun. Lynas’ toxic legacy will be many times far more costly than the Bukit Merah Asian Rare Earth legacy as the amount of radioactive and toxic waste generated has already exceeded that from ARE by 40 times. Malaysia will end up coping the high costs of cleaning up the Lynas toxic legacy site, deteriorating health outcomes of local people requiring expensive medical care when they start to suffer from known diseases associated with the kind of hazards Lynas has generated, which often take many years of bioaccumulation to manifest into chronic health conditions both for humans and the environment.

The quantity of thorium, uranium, heavy metals, toxic elements and chemicals in Lynas’ wastes pose significant hazards to require their total removal from Malaysia to avoid costly health and environmental disasters which often take a long time to surface for this kind of pollution. The paltry US$50 million Lynas has committed to the de-commissioning fund will not be enough to clean up the mess 40 times more than that generated by Mitsubishi’s Asian Rare Earth plant in Bukit Merah. Lynas’ attempt to make its current storage facility a permanent dump site in a peat swamp is grossly irresponsible given the serious contaminations problems that have already occurred.

Sustainable Investments Stem from Good Governance and Effective Administration

We recognise and acknowledge that Malaysia needs foreign investment. It is therefore even more pertinent that we present our beloved country as a conducive place to responsible corporations/companies to do business and operate in, based on good governance, high level of professionalism in our dealings and integrity in the way we conduct businesses. Malaysia will be an attractive investment destination if our Government uphold the law and restore order to create a fair and equal playing field for all. The PH Government has the power to make this happen.

MESTECC’s decision requiring Lynas to remove its toxic waste from the water-leached purification (WLP) stream is merely to hold Lynas accountable to its own undertakings made in 2012 to the then BN Government. By continuing to tolerate Lynas’ massive piles of wastes, we are sending the wrong signal that Malaysia is a third world nation desperate for toxic trade and polluting industries. In so doing, Malaysia has essentially undermined and disadvantaged many other responsible businesses that have taken pride in abiding to our environmental law and regulation through genuine actions to protect our environment and public health.

As civil society groups and individuals. we too have been particularly patient and tolerant, giving benefits of the doubt to the PH Government which we have helped put into power last May, We have largely held in good faith that PH Ministers and MPs would concertedly tackle the Lynas toxic waste problems to protect Malaysia and the Rakyat from its radioactive and toxic hazards.

Sustainable Development is a PH Promise to the Rakyat

We wish to remind all Ministers and Members of Parliaments of the Pakatan Harapan Manifesto, which your respective Party has signed onto before GE14. Janji/Promise 39 of the Manifesto stipulated that "Balancing the Development with Environmental Protection". Therefore, development decision from the PH Cabinet must lead to the security and well-being of the people and our environment.

Lynas is a poisoned chalice from the Najib era. It has no place in Malaysia and least of all if PH is committed to pursuing a sustainable development future. Sustainable development as promised in the PH Manifesto is only possible if the Government upholds our own law to restore order. Many of us have contributed and campaigned for PH to be elected.

Tun, we supported your leadership because we trust that you will act in Malaysia’s interest and that you will uphold your words to undo past mistakes. Lynas is a major mistake committed by the Najib regime. We now count on all of you whom we have voted into power, to right this wrong to pave the way for Malaysia to pursue a new clean and safe sustainable pathway of development.








MEDIA RELEASE | Wednesday 10th April, 2019

Australian environmental groups call for Lynas to deal with waste

Today, environmental and social justice organisations in Australia lend their support in solidarity with Malaysians. They demand that the Australian-owned rare earth miner, Lynas Corporation stop polluting Malaysia with its toxic radioactive waste, for its permit not to be renewed, and to start cleaning up the mess it has created.

“It is shameful that Lynas has taken advantage of the previous Malaysian Government, including a 1-year tax break, to speed up the approvals process in constructing and operating its rare earth processing plant, the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP). This was done without any detailed environmental impact assessment report, this would be completely unacceptable in Australia,” claimed Natalie Lowrey1, Stop Lynas Campaign Australia.

“The key problem with rare earth minerals1 is the very low concentration of the minerals in the ore and the presence of thorium and uranium radionuclides, together with toxic heavy metals and arsenic.”

“Such toxic substances, most of which are cancer-causing agents, are being left behind in the waste and effluent at the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant in Kuantan, Malaysia. There are also issues with the harsh reagent and corrosive acids used in the processing stages.”

Last May, a new Government came into power promising to fight corruption and bring in sweeping reforms for the country. A Ministerial Decision has been made following an executive review on Lynas to enforce the licence condition which Lynas has yet to follow through.

Dr Jim Green, National Nuclear Campaigner, Friends of the Earth Australia stated, “Malaysians have waged a mass movement for years to stop Lynas getting its operating license. The previous controversial Najib-run Government went ahead with the licence when Lynas gave the undertaking to remove its radioactive waste from Malaysia in December 2012.”3,4

“Lynas scammed its way to get the operating licence knowing full well that its radioactive waste had no safe long-term disposal plan. By putting the horses before the cart, Lynas has caused serious groundwater contamination, exposing the local community to its hazards.”5

“Lynas should start a proper clean-up of the contaminated groundwater and any pollution it is responsible for. Without any plan to deal with the waste, the Malaysian Government should seriously consider not renewing Lynas permit in September this year.”

Ms Lowrey, Stop Lynas Campaign Australia continued, “This is a gross violation of Lynas Corporations corporate environmental and social responsibility. The Lynas toxic supply chains are reasons why, as environmental groups, we have to be vigilant when recommending and promoting technological fixes as a solution to climate change. Profit-hungry corporations will always find loopholes to seek profit, by pushing their dirty operations to countries with the least means to tackle the complexities and hazards of industrial pollution.”

“Australia should legislate to have binding corporate regulation over Australian operations overseas. We have seen far too many mining disasters in developing countries with limited means to deal with.”

“It is way overdue for the Australian Government to clean up the Australian mining sector to stop them from tarnishing Australia’s reputation through gross violations and polluting activities overseas.”


For more info:


Natalie Lowrey, Stop Lynas Campaign Australia

natalie.lowrey@gmail.com

0421226200


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NOTES

1. ‘Arrests at Malaysian Rare Earths Refinery Protests’, The Diplomat, 27 June 2017, https://thediplomat.com/2014/06/arrests-at-malaysian-rare-earths-refinery-protests/


Rare earth minerals are essentially raw materials for the digital and high technology industries, including supposedly ‘green’ or ‘smart’ technologies. This set of minerals are neither rare nor earth.
‘Joint Ministerial Statement on Lynas’, by YB. Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of International Trade and Industry YB. Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation YB. Dato’ Sri Douglas Uggah Embas Minister of Natural Resources and Environment YB. Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai Minister of Health, 22 February, 2012, http://www.kats.gov.my/ms-my/pustakamedia/Kenyataan%20Media/Press%20Statement%20-%20Joint%20Ministerial%20Statement%20on%20Lynas.pdf.
‘Joint Ministerial Statement on Lynas’, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, 12 Dec 2012, http://www.aelb.gov.my/malay/dokumen/kenyataan-akhbar/10122012.pdf
Since 2013, Lynas has started to generate a massive amount of waste through its Malaysian plant located in a low-lying peat mangrove reserve near the port of Kuantan in Malaysia. To date, about half a million tonnes of waste contaminated with hundreds of thousands of tonnes of long-living radioactive thorium, uranium, toxic heavy metals, arsenic and copious amount of chemicals has been dumped by its plant. The Malaysian executive review report showed data of serious groundwater contamination from nickel, chromium, lead, and mercury all around Lynas’ waste storage facility from its own monitoring stations. Lynas has denied that it is the cause of the contamination.




Joint Statement from Environment groups calling for Lynas Corporation clean up its toxic radioactive mess in Malaysia

Wednesday 10 April, 2019

Friends of the Earth Australia and Stop Lynas Campaign Australia stand in solidarity with all Malaysians calling for Australian-owned rare earth miner Lynas Corporation to stop polluting Malaysia with its toxic radioactive waste and to start cleaning up the mess it has created.

We stand in solidarity with the peaceful mass movement across Malaysia that advocated for the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) to not be given an operating licence. Despite the lack of social licence it was approved by the previous controversial Najib-run Government - without a detailed Environmental Impact Assessment - when Lynas gave the undertaking to remove its radioactive waste from Malaysia in December 2012.

Toxic substances like thorium and uranium radionuclides, together with toxic heavy metals and arsenic, most of which are cancer-causing agents, are present in the ore of rare earth minerals. They are being left behind in the waste and effluent at the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant in Kuantan, Malaysia. There are also issues with the harsh reagent and corrosive acids used in the processing stages.

The Malaysian Government made a Ministerial Decision following an executive review on Lynas to enforce the licence condition that it would remove it radioactive waste from Malaysia. Lynas has yet to follow through with this condition. This is a gross violation of its corporate environmental and social responsibility.

Therefore, in solidarity with all Malaysian citizens we call on:

1. Lynas Coporration to clean up the toxic waste it has created at it Lynas Advanced Materials Plant in Malaysia;

2. The Australian government to legislate binding corporate regulation to prevent any further human rights or environmental violation of Australian corporations operations overseas; and

3. The Malaysian Government should not renew Lynas' permit in September this year while Lynas does not have a clear plan of how to deal safely and responsibly with the waste.







Press Statement

Cabinet Must Stop Lynas From Polluting Malaysia

10th April 2019

Together with Greenpeace Malaysia, SMSL is joined by hundreds of concerned Malaysians to demand that Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad and his Pakatan Harapan Cabinet take actions to protect Malaysia and to stop Australian Lynas Corporation from polluting the environment. Over 60 organisations have endorsed a memorandum with a list of demands which will be presented to Cabinet and the Parliamentary Caucus on Lynas.

Mr Tan Bun Teet, Chairman for SMSL says, “We welcome Tun’s announcement last Friday to impose a new condition requiring Lynas to only bring in semi-processed radioactive-free feedstock for refining through its Malaysian plant. However, what is going to happen to the half a million tonnes of toxic radioactive waste and the nearly 1.2 million tonnes of scheduled waste that Lynas has generated to date? These wastes have already polluted our environment. The pollution must be STOPPED immediately.”

Lynas’ hazards are cancer-causing radioactive thorium and uranium; and other toxic elements from heavy metals, arsenic and chemicals found in the water-leached purification stream of its wastes that should have been isolated from the environment.

Radioactive waste increases the background radiation. More seriously, the fine particulates of Lynas’ waste may find their way into the lungs and organs of people who must breathe, drink, and eat. Contaminated groundwater moves into streams and rivers to pollute the aquatic ecosystem. The flood-prone low-lying Balok peat mangrove is never the right place for Lynas’ toxic waste dump.

Dr Yu Siew Hong, a local GP from Kuantan warns, “We cannot afford to wait until local people begin showing symptoms of cancer and other chronic illnesses linked to Lynas’ hazards. Lynas has no place in Malaysia.”

The Ministerial decision requiring Lynas to remove its toxic radioactive waste from Malaysia is not a new condition. It is an enforcement of Lynas’ licence condition to hold Lynas to task over its 2012 undertaking for getting the operating licence.

“A couple of Cabinet Ministers have appeared not to have learnt from the expensive bitter lessons from Lynas in Pahang and the toxic fume disaster in Johor. Today, we are here also to remind them that Rakyat will not tolerate Ministers who do not act to protect our environment and wellbeing of the community.” Mr Tan explains.

Samples of ‘toxic’ waste will be handed out to Entrepreneur Development Minister Redzuan Yusof who challenged the Ministerial decision on Lynas earlier; and Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar who lifted the bauxite mining ban in Pahang.

“Our environment is our precious national asset which we must protect for now and for many generations to come.” Concludes Dr Yu

For further comments, please contact: Mr Tan Bun Teet : +60 179 730 576

or Dr Yu Siew Hong : +60 12-900 7785

Thursday, 14 March 2019

PSHK/SMSL Press statement on 13/03/2019

Lynas Should Start Cleaning Up its Mess and Stop the Delaying Tactic

13th March 2019

Last week, MESTECC put an advertisement in the media on the public consultation of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) submitted by Lynas. The EIA was submitted with Lynas’ application to make its waste storage area a permanent site for its NUF (neutralisation underflow) stream of waste.

Responding to this latest move by Lynas, Mr Tan Bun Teet, SMSL Chairman says, “Lynas should have submitted this detailed EIA back in 2011, before Malaysia issued it the operating licence. What is the use of getting the public reviewing a document when Lynas has failed to comply with its own blueprints since 2011? This EIA is just another expensive document to add to those piles of documents related to its operations and waste ‘management’ that has resulted in nearly 2 million tonnes of wastes piled up high and leaching hazards into our environment.” – see photos attached of Lynas’ waste piles.

Late November last year, the Executive Review Committee on Lynas revealed in its report that ground water monitoring data (p.80-81) around Lynas’ waste storage area – see map over the page – have shown serious level of contamination from toxic heavy metals - nickel, chromium, lead and mercury. One of the monitoring stations SW13 near or at Lynas’ effluence discharge area, has nickel level 1000 times over the Dutch legal limit for nickel!

“If these data revealed such serious contamination, MESTECC should really take action on Lynas. If other companies that have violated our regulations have been fined and penalised, why should Lynas be exempted when it has produced phenomenally huge amount of hazardous waste?“ Asked Mr Hon Kai Ping, Legal Adviser for SMSL.

For years now, Lynas has been storing its wastes in its processing plant premises in Gebeng in breach of Malaysia’s regulatory requirements under the Scheduled Waste Regulation 2005 of the 1974 Environmental Quality Act. Under this regulation, the waste can only be stored onsite for up to 180 days if it is 20 tonnes or below. By law, the NUF waste needs to have the appropriate label and be stored in containers. Yet Lynas managed to accumulate over 1 million tonnes of scheduled waste and over 450,000 tonnes of radioactive waste without any legal recourse since production began in 2013.

Mr Hon adds, “Yet Lynas continues to seek leeway to go above our regulations despite the public and environmental health implications of its wastes. Hasn’t MESTECC already made its decisions on both Lynas’ scheduled waste and radioactive waste back in December? Why should Malaysians be subjected to Lynas’ tactics to bargain for more against provisions of our own law to allow this Australian mining company to keep dumping its wastes here?”

“The current waste storage site is located on a low-lying peat mangrove swampland. It is flood and fire-prone. MESTECC should not entertain Lynas any longer. Lynas has contaminated our ground water. Act now to stop the contamination and order Lynas to clean up its own mess. Rakyat’s health and our environment should not be compromised further for the sake of a foreign company that pays no taxes, concerns only with its profit margin.”


Concludes Mr. Tan


For further comments, please contact:


Mr Tan Bun Teet - Hp: +60 179 730 576 or Mr Hon Kai Ping - +60 112 544 7356

Above: Red arrows showing ground water sampling stations where monitoring data were obtained
 


Wednesday, 19 December 2018

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/456956?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook&fbclid=IwAR0TeB_5-5tNC1zR4GN9_Yy-C8BKgs4hIu-2jBWdnhO5BOYUZ78OGkqHrXs

Fuziah lauds gov't's decision ordering Lynas to remove radioactive waste
Bernama | Published: 19 Dec 2018, 10:14 pm | Modified: 19 Dec 2018, 10:49 pm




Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Fuziah Salleh welcomed the government's decision ordering Lynas Corporation Ltd (Lynas) to remove the radioactive waste processed at the company's factory from Kuantan in Pahang.

The Kuantan MP said she was informed of the decision reached at a cabinet meeting today following suggestions from the Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Ministry.

Describing the decision as the best achievement for the people's cause, Fuziah hoped the process could be carried out as soon as possible.

“This is a much awaited decision for the residents and if possible, I hope the process can be done immediately because the water content in the rivers in Kuantan is now almost polluted.

“The general population earn their living from the rivers and the sea, imagine if these are polluted, how will they make a living,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister's Department will propose amendments to the Administration of Islamic Law (Federal Territories) Act 1993 (Act 505) on the issue of Baitulmal funds for emergency purposes.

Fuziah said under the provisions of Act 505, Baitulmal is currently only allowed to issue RM50 for an applicant.

“Act 505 outlines an emergency fund withdrawal of RM50 which is too small an amount to solve a problem. So, there is a need for the amendment to create a more comprehensive emergency fund distribution method,” he told reporters at the 2018 corporate zakat handover in Putrajaya today.

— Bernama



Tuesday, 18 December 2018

 An Open Letter To Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad

18th December 2018

Dear Esteemed Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir,

Please do NOT accept Najib’s Poisoned Chalice and Lynas Spin


We, the rakyat thank you for returning to the political centre stage through Pakatan Harapan (PH) to get rid of Najib and his kleptocratic regime. Sadly, Najib has left a poisoned chalice through the 100% Australian-owned Lynas rare earth plant in Malaysia. It is like the toxic legacy of the 1 MDB scandal that will continue to plague PH until it is cleaned up and sorted.


The Lynas Rare Earth Plant and its Mounts of Contaminated Waste



Tun, you are a wise Elder stateman. We hope and trust that you can see why Malaysia should enforce our law and regulations on Lynas to ensure that its hazardous waste cease to pollute our precious environment and to spiral into a serious toxic rerun.


According to Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) “Good corporate governance promotes investor confidence”. While the ASX and Australia have limited jurisdiction over Lynas’ operations in Malaysia, the PH Government has the power to ensure that Lynas truly complies with Malaysian law and regulations, as well as adhere to the ASX Corporate Governance Principles[ https://www.asx.com.au/documents/asx-compliance/cgc-principles-and-recommendations-3rd-edn.pdf p.3-4]. Sustainable development as promised in the PH Manifesto is only possible ifthe Government upholds our own law to restore order.


Many of us have contributed and campaigned for PH to be elected. We supported your leadership because we trust that you will act in Malaysia’s interest and that you will hold your words to undo past mistakes. Lynas is a major mistake committed by the Najib regime. We now count on you to join Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin to right this wrong to pave the way for Malaysia to pursue a new clean and safe sustainable pathway of development.


In summary:


Lynas’ waste is neither earth nor harmless and there are over 1.5 million tonnes of it contaminating our environment right now. The waste is a concoction of chemical compounds containing cancer-causing radionuclides, heavy metals and other toxic elements including arsenic and chemicals.


Scientific fact - radiation beyond the background increases the risk of getting cancer, due to both the external and internal radiation effects. In 2015, a major epidemiological cohort study involving 308 297 workers exposed to low-level radioactivity provided a direct estimate of the association between protracted low dose exposure to ionising radiation and deaths from solid cancer.


International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) has made scientifically-based recommendations since 1990 to limit the single-source radiation exposure above the background to 1 mSv per year per person. Lynas’ WLP waste currently has an exposure dose of 14.4 mSv per year per person.


When Lynas mined, milled and chemically processed its lanthanide ore bearing hazardous elements and radionuclides, these toxic elements are released from their natural shields and they will harm us and our environment.


Lynas’ current storage facility in a peat mangrove swamp is grossly inadequate resulting in serious contaminations problems.


While ARE feedstock has much higher level of radioactivity, Lynas will generate 160 times more waste than ARE’s in another 15 years’ time, the health care and environmental damage costs will spiral. To then isolate the nearly 2 million tonnes of WLP waste will require close to 100 square kilometres of pristine forest to be permanently wasted to create another toxic tomb.


Misinformation Must be Corrected


Back in 2012, through your blog, Chedat - http://chedet.cc/?p=761, you asserted that “the Lynas plant in Pahang does not involve activating any of the `rare earth components to make them radioactive. The process cannot be harmful. As for the waste, it does not give off harmful radiation either. The waste is just ordinary earth which is normally mixed with the small amounts of rare earth. The necessity to export the waste does not arise.”


The information you have received about Lynas is incorrect. Lynas’ own ground water monitoring data revealed to the Executive Review Committee (ERC) have shown serious heavy metal contaminations since 2015[ Laporan Jawatankuasa Eksekutif Penilaian Operasi Lynas Advanced Materials Plant, 2018. P.80-81]. None of our regulators has acted on it even though they are mandated to protect our environment and our community. As rakyat who want the best for our beloved Malaysia, we present here through this open letter the facts about Lynas.


Lynas’ Waste is Toxic - Bad for Us, Bad for our Environment and Bad for our Economy


Scientifically, the level of radiation in the ore and wastes is caused by the concentration of radioactive elements or radionuclides. It need not be ‘activated’ to be harmful. Rare earth elements in our smart phones and the wide range of electronic consumables are not radioactive, or else they would not see the day light of the market economy. Malaysia is left with the waste containing carcinogenic radionuclides and other hazardous elements which have been extracted from the ore. In advanced industrialised nations, this type of waste is disposed of in regulated well-engineered facility[ Oeko Institute, 2013, Description and Critical Environmental Evaluation of the REE Refining Plant LAMP near Kuantan in Malaysia, p.78] to isolate the radionuclides from the biosphere. Australia considered the water-leached purification (WLP) stream of waste from Lynas as a radioactive waste.[ https://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber/hansards/22bf1f16-2a0b-4177-8209-58163298188d/0214;query=Id:%22chamber/hansards/22bf1f16-2a0b-4177-8209-58163298188d/0000%22]


Lynas waste is not earth but a concoction of chemical compounds as follows:


1.water-leached purification (WLP) waste currently totalling 451,564 tonnes contaminated with 880,000kg long living thorium (radioactivity of 8Bq/g with a half-life of 14 billion year), 7,700kg uranium[Estimates based on 2014 UKM research findings (https://ukm.pure.elsevier.com/en/publications/thorium-uranium-and-rare-earth-elements-content-in-lanthanide-con) on the Thorium and Uranium concentration of Lynas’ WLP waste], 1,305,000 kg manganese, 359,000 kg chromium, 221,000 kg lead, 50,124kg nickel, 5,800kg arsenic, 3,700 cadmium and other heavy metals[ Environ, 2011, Safety Case of the Radioactive Waste Disposal LAMP, p. 26].


a.Lynas' WLP waste to rare earth oxides (REO) ratio has increased by 2.5 times from its declared ratio of 64,000:22,500=2.8 tonnes per tonne of REO. Its current ratio is 451,564:62,582[ Estimated from Lynas’ Quarterly Reports ]=7.2 tonnes per tonne of REO. Lynas should have sought approval for the higher waste ratio, carried out a new radiological risk assessment and a new safety case analysis for the increase in its hazards load as it has serious safety implications for Malaysia. In 20 years’ time, the total accumulated WLP waste will be over 3 million tonnes. Our regulatory agencies AELB and DoE had failed to act on this.


b.WLP waste is a radioactive waste by Australian definition which would need a special permit to return to Lynas’ mine pit under very stringent regulatory control.[ See ref 3 Hansard entry for the Senate Questions on Notice in the previous page] It is the safest option for Malaysia. Leaving it in high population-density Malaysia in its current low-lying peat swamp location will add significant hazards to our environment, posing serious intergenerational threat to both our environment and our community.


Above : WLP waste piled up to 9-metre high covered with HDPE Plastic - effective dose 14.4 mSv/year – international regulatory limit for effective dose to the public is 1mSv/year
2.1,113,000 tonnes of neutralisation underflow residue (NUF) waste classified as scheduled waste which is essentially a contaminated gypsum which Lynas has yet to commercialised despite claims made in its own waste management plan. This waste is no longer kept in its original facility since all of the four retention ponds have now been used to store the WLP waste. They are left in open space as shown in the aerial photo in page 1.


Ground Water Contamination Consistent with Toxic Elements in Lynas Waste


Lynas’ waste storage facility, claimed by Lynas to be an international best practice, has been assessed to be inadequate in preventing ground and surface water contamination and flooding runoffs[ Oeko Institute, 2013, Description and Critical Environmental Evaluation of the REE Refining Plant LAMP. P. 53-80]. This assessment is now proven true by Lynas’ own ground water monitoring data for nickel, chromium, lead and mercury revealed by the ERC on p.80-81. These are toxic elements that should never be allowed to contaminate our environment. The maximum recorded contamination level of 96,110 µg/l for nickel was at or near the Lynas waste water discharge point, labelled as GW13. This reading is over 1000 times higher than the Dutch intervention level of 75 µg/l![ Laporan Jawatankuasa Eksekutif Penilaian Operasi Lynas Advanced Materials Plant, 2018 ]. This is just the tip of the iceberg as we have no access to further monitoring data from Lynas.


Health Hazards of Lynas’ Radionuclides Contaminated Waste
It is a long-established scientific fact that radiation beyond the background increases the risk of getting cancer, due both the external and internal radiation effects. It is for this very reason that the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) has made scientifically-based recommendations since 1990 to limit the single-source exposure above the background to 1 mSv per year per person – known as the annual effective dose limit for public[ https://hps.org/publicinformation/ate/q8900.html].


This recommendation was reaffirmed in the 2007 ICRP report[ The 2007 Recommendations of the International Commission on Radiological Protection. Publication 103, Annals of the ICRP, Vol. 37]. In 2015, a major epidemiological cohort study involving 308 297 workers exposed to low-level radioactivity in France, United Kingdom and the United States of America provided a direct estimate of the association between protracted low dose exposure to ionising radiation and deaths from solid cancer[ https://www.bmj.com/content/351/bmj.h5359 - British Medical Journal].


World Health Organisation has since strengthened its warnings on the solid cancer risk from exposure to low dose ionising radiation.[ https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/ionizing-radiation-health-effects-and-protective-measures]
Lynas has claimed that the toxic elements in its wastes are naturally occurring and are found everywhere in our environment and are therefore harmless. In truth, when Lynas mined, milled and chemically processed its lanthanide ore bearing hazardous elements and radionuclides, they are released from their natural shields which have protected them from getting into contact with us and our environment.

Comparing naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM) in beach sand, rocks, soil, etc in their natural shielded states with Lynas’ imported NORM processed in Malaysia and left in its waste is an insult to our intelligence. The low risk radioactivity Lynas has claimed for its operations has not accounted for the biological effects of ionizing radiation and toxic hazards from its contaminants in the waste.[ https://www.epa.gov/radiation/tenorm-rare-earths-mining-wastes – US EPA’s Radiation Protection Guide on TENORM : Processing rare earth minerals involves the separation and removal of uranium and thorium, which results in TENORM wastes] These are Lynas’ real public and industrial hazards which it has failed to contain and safely managed.


Exposure to concentrated radionuclides like those in Lynas’ WLP waste, increases the risk of ionising radiation hazards both for humans and the natural environment – potentially contaminating the food chain. Thorium dioxide, which is present in Lynas’ WLP waste at 1000ppm, is a known human carcinogen[ https://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/a?dbs+hsdb:@term+@DOCNO+6364]. There is research evidence that inhaling thorium dust increases the risk of bone, lung and pancreatic cancer.[ 2 https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/substances/thorium – US National Cancer Institute]


Additionally, nickel, lead, chromium, cadmium, arsenic and chemical compounds in the WLP waste are toxic and are harmful to humans and can contaminate our food sources and water.[ Laporan Jawatankuasa Eksekutif Penilaian Operasi Lynas Advanced Materials Plant, 2018; and Environ 2011, Safety Case Analysis of Radioactive Waste LAMP, p. 26]
Malaysia Cannot Afford Another Toxic Legacy
The toxic legacy in Bukit Merah is a mistake that should not be repeated. Countless number of children died of childhood leukemia. Miscarriages, cancer cases and birth defects affected those who were exposed to the Mitsubishi’s Asian Rare Earth (ARE) hazards. Bukit Merah has become an infamous case study of mismanagement of industrial hazards which has shadowed over Malaysia’s governance credentials.
While ARE feedstock has much higher level of radioactivity, the amount of WLP waste generated by Lynas to date has already exceeded the total generated by ARE in its entire operational lifetime by 40 times!! The quantity of thorium, uranium, heavy metals, toxic elements and chemicals in Lynas’ wastes pose significant hazards to require their total removal from Malaysia to avoid costly health and environmental disasters which often take a long time to surface for this kind of pollution.


The paltry US$50 million Lynas has committed to the de-commissioning fund will not be enough to clean up the mess 160 times more than ARE. Lynas’ attempt to make its current storage facility in a peat swamp is grossly irresponsible given the serious contaminations problems that have already occurred.


Support Minister Yeo Bee Yin to Enforce Law and Restore Order


Minister Yeo Bee Yin is right in exercising the power of the Government to order Lynas to remove its WLP waste from Malaysia and to clean up its scheduled waste in accordance with Malaysian law and regulations – law and order must be restored and upheld. The opportunity costs of sacrificing at least 100 square kilometres of precious pristine rainforest to bury Lynas’ colossal toxic waste, its entire plant and equipment during decommissioning will be immense. The risk of leakage and exposure to future generations from a major landslide or erosion – both of which are common occurrences in Malaysia, is real and costly.


Malaysia will end up footing their rising medical bills and our economy suffers through the loss of productivity, contaminated seafood, expensive legacy site clean-up and a poor reputation. Tourism industry which has provided more safe and sustainable employment to locals will be severely affected. Will Lynas pay for these costs, permanent damages and bear responsibility in perpetuality? What if the contamination and hazards spread further afield? Is it worth paying such high costs for a rogue Australian junior mining company like Lynas?


Sure, extraction of amang, mineral ores, by-products or used products containing rare earth elements (REE) should be pursued when it is commercially and technically viable to do so in socially responsible and ecologically sustainable manners. However, the way Lynas has done it in Malaysian is far from being responsible or ecologically sustainable. It is for this reason that until today, seven years from when Lynas is known to the people in Malaysia, it STILL has no social licence to operate. PH cannot afford this public health scandal.


If Lynas was genuinely serious about international best practice, it would have stayed in Western Australia to comply with its stringent requirements to keep its supply chain clean. Instead Lynas has polluted Malaysia, inflicted a costly slow violence upon the local community and still persistently trying to deceive the Government to accept its hazards. Lynas lacks ethics, transparency and corporate social and environmental responsibility, as promoted by the Australian Stock Exchange corporate governance principles, towards Malaysia and the rakyat; its own shareholders and investors who might have invested in the company, misled to believe that it has adhered to a decent governance standard, when the opposite is true.


As a trained medical doctor, Tun, it is prudence that you take recommendations from the ICRP and WHO seriously, in our national interests and for the sake of the rakyat who are already at risk. Every day that the WLP waste remains in Malaysia, it will be a stark reminder that PH has accepted Najib’s poisoned chalice to allow a mega toxic legacy to fester and grow into a costly and dangerous permanent sore for Malaysia.


Concerned Citizens of Malaysia

Sunday, 16 December 2018

SMSL/PSHK : Press statement


It is High Time Our Regulators Get Referred to the MACC


16th December 2018


Many people, especially those from responsible industries and businesses might have half guessed why and how Lynas could get away with accumulating huge amount of contaminated wastes by its Gebeng plant for over six years. No other industry or business anywhere in Malaysia could get away with so much waste left to contaminate our environment and let its hazards spread amidst claims of ‘zero-harm’ and ‘compliance’.

Mr Hon Kai Ping, legal advisor for SMSL said, “The two regulatory agencies overseeing the Lynas’ radiological and environmental management are Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) and Department of Environment or Jabatan Alam Sekitar (DoE/JAS) respectively. They are required through their respective mandated roles and responsibilities under the Atomic Energy Licensing Act 1984 and Environmental Quality Act 1974 to uphold the law and to enforce regulations stated under these Acts of Parliament.”
Since Lynas commenced its operations, SMSL has been assisted by a team of high calibre professionals, both locally and from abroad, to monitor Lynas closely. One of the researchers, Alan Chan explained, “As an engineer with decades of experience in the industry, I could not understand how Lynas has been permitted to store so much scheduled and radionuclides contaminated wastes in open space. So, I checked up on the relevant Acts and regulations. I am shocked by how far DoE had bent its own rules to allow those rising piles of contaminated wastes to be stored for years next to the Lynas plant!”

SMSL has identified numerous areas where our regulators have failed to act to prevent contamination of our environment by Lynas’ radionuclides and toxic substances. SMSL is documenting these violations and breaches with the aim to lodge a complaint with the MACC.

Malaysia’s Atomic Energy Licensing Act 1984 is more than 30 years out of date and out of step with international regulatory framework. IAEA in its 2011 Mission report identified this gap and through its recommendation 7 urged AELB to update its regulations in accordance with the most recent international standards, and to have specific regulations on the management of naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM) relevant to the Lynas operations. Additionally, IAEA also recommended that AELB provided publicly accessible information on its inspection and enforcement; and to involve members of the public in its decision-making processes through recommendations 8 and 9.[https://www.iaea.org/sites/default/files/lynas-report-20052015.pdf p. 5] Although AELB showed the IAEA its updated AELA draft in the 2014 IAEA Mission, the 2011 AELA updates/amendments were never enacted into the law.[ https://www.nst.com.my/news/2017/02/212312/aelb-government-amend-act-304]
“Malaysia must be the only country in the world that has fast tracked a rare earth refinery plant construction with just a preliminary environmental impact assessment; then issue a temporary operating licence followed by a full licence which was subsequently renewed, in the absence of full compliance to licence conditions by Lynas.” Mr Hon lamented.

“When Lynas claimed that it has complied with the law, it is the law which AELB and DoE/JAS have bent for Lynas. As an Australian corporate entity, Lynas should adhere to the ASX Corporate Governance Principles – especially Principle 3 which requires that it acts ‘ethically and responsibly’ which goes ‘well beyond mere compliance with legal obligations and involves acting with honesty, integrity’ and ‘includes being, and being seen to be, a good corporate citizen, acting responsibly towards the environment.’”[ https://www.asx.com.au/documents/asx-compliance/cgc-principles-and-recommendations-3rd-edn.pdf] He added.
Rare earth processing has long been avoided by most advanced industrialised countries because of its association with environmental pollution and its massive amount of long-living thorium and hazardous waste. This type of waste needs to be isolated from the biosphere in high standard costly engineered facility. Lynas’ RSF is not adequate as its own ground water monitoring data in 2015-2016 already indicated serious contaminations have occurred.
Mr Tan Bun Teet, chairman of SMSL said, “The contamination data on nickel, chromium, lead and mercury we have seen in p.80 and 81 of the report by the Executive Review Committee (ERC) on Lynas are only a glimpse of the full extent of the contamination problems.”

To date, Lynas has produced 451,564 metric tonnes of waste from the water leached purification stream – the most hazardous waste stream that is contaminated with an estimated 880 metric tonnes of long live thorium and 7.7 metric tonnes of uranium – both are radionuclides that are sources of cancer-causing ionising radiation. This stream of waste is also contaminated with heavy metals and arsenic – see the attached summary for details of these elements and their associated health hazards.

“Lynas has claimed that these are naturally occurring elements and are found everywhere in our environment. This is only half of the story. When Lynas mined, milled and chemically processed its lanthanide ore bearing hazardous elements and radionuclides, they are released from their natural shields which have protected them from getting into contact with us and our environment.” Explained Dr. Ir. Tan Ka Kheng, an Environmental researcher and semi-retired professor graduated with PhD from Cambridge University and a MSc from University of California in Berkeley, with a long career in Chemical and Environmental Engineering.
"The low risk radioactivity Lynas has claimed for its operations has not accounted for the biological effects of ionizing radiation and toxic hazards from its contaminants in the waste. These are the real public and industrial hazards.” He clarified.

"These contamination data are from Lynas own monitoring stations, surrounding its waste storage facility and its final waste water discharge point. Bauxite ores from the Gebeng[ Phang Biao Yu, (2017), Geotechnical Properties And Morphological Properties Of Raw And Processed Gebeng Bauxite, Universiti Malaysia Pahang, p.67] area contain 88ppm nickel and Bukit Goh[ Hasan, M. et. al., (2017) Properties of Raw And Processed Bukit Goh Bauxite In Kuantan, Pahang In Accordance With Imsbc Code http://umpir.ump.edu.my/id/eprint/18925/ p. 5] contains almost undetectable amount of nickel, whereas Lynas’ own WLP waste contain 111mg/kg of nickel[ Environ, 2011, Safety Case of Radiological Waste LAMP. P. 26]. The maximum recorded contamination level of 96,110 µg/l was from Lynas’ sampling stations at its waste water discharge point, labelled as GW13. This reading is over 1000 times higher than the Dutch intervention level of 75 µg/l! That is about 10% of the WLP nickel concentration.” Dr Tan elaborated on the ERC data.

“All of its nickel data exceeded the Dutch limit of 75 g/l. Also the few chromium data available in the Table - 31 µg/l to 266 µg/l - exceeded the Dutch intervention limit of 30 µg/l. Similarly with its lead (Pb) and mercury (Hg) data. These are all toxic elements that will adversely affect our environment with serious implications for community health. We need access to all monitoring data to get to the bottom of Lynas’ pollution problems.” He added.

Mr Tan recalled, “As many journalists who attended the ‘Public’ Hearing hosted by the ERC in Kuantan, we have clearly heard DoE and AELB singing Lynas praises, claiming that Lynas has obeyed all laws and has followed international standards for its operations.”

“It is high time the MACC starts to look into how Lynas could get its construction approval and keep getting its operating license renewed even when DoE and AELB have full access to Lynas monitoring data. How long will the Pakatan Harapan Government tolerate serious ground water contaminations and the massive amount of wastes left in such a leaky facility to continue to pollute our environment and to spread hazards to our community. ” Concluded Mr. Tan.


For further comments, please contact:
Mr Tan Bun Teet - Hp: +60 179 730 576
Dr KK Tan – Hp+60 162 874 248
Mr Hon Kai Ping - +60 112 544 7356
Mr Alan Chan – Hp +60 165 028 368

Sunday, 11 November 2018


Press statement of Save Malaysia Stop Lynas (SMSL)

We Do NOT want another Toxic Legacy, Just Shut Lynas Down!

11th November 2018

Today, the Lynas Review Committee held a public meeting in Kuantan to engage with concerned citizens to get their views on the Australian-owned Lynas rare earth refinery plant in Gebeng. Over 600 people packed into the meeting venue, clearly eagle to send strong messages to the Pakatan Harapan (PH) Government.

“The people have spoken. We voted for PH because we wanted a safe and clean future. We appreciate the challenge for the Government to manage this toxic saga created by the Najib Government. However, as tax payers and citizens of Malaysia, we call on the Government to shut down Lynas now!” said Mr Tan Bun Teet, Chairperson of citizens group, Save Malaysia Stop Lynas (SMSL).

Since 2011 when Malaysians learnt of the construction of a massive rare earth refinery plant in Gebeng, near Kuantan, SMSL together with numerous other non-governmental organisations have been campaigning against the wholly Australian-owned operations. Rare earth processing has long been associated with the use of highly hazardous acids and re-agents. Several court cases have been attempted to try to stop the then Najib Government from issuing Lynas Corporation the licence to operate and to leave massive amount of waste contaminated with radioactive materials such as thorium and uranium; hazardous substances including arsenic, cadmium, chromium and lead as well as chemicals, from its refinery plant using ore concentrate from its Australian mine.

Mr Hon Kai Ping, legal adviser for SMSL explained, “As we have heard, Lynas has breached its licensing conditions in so many ways and yet our regulators have done nothing about it. They have instead acted against the interests of our country and the public by facilitating and aiding a foreign company in its wrong doings. There is no justification at all to keep Lynas operating to produce more waste to add more hazards to the country.”

Lynas’ most hazardous waste stream is classified as non-exempt waste containing naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM) of low level radioactivity under the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) guideline. NORM waste with radioactivity above 1Bq/g has to be regulated and controlled by the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB); and its non-radiological hazards should be monitored and regulated by the Department of Environment (DoE). Lynas’ WLP waste has radioactivity of close to 8Bq/g according to a 2014 UKM research findings, eight times higher than the regulatory exemption


limit. According to a DoE document, over 450 kilo-tonne of WLP waste is now stored next to the refinery plant in dams lined only with thin HDPE plastic.

Mr Tan lamented, “If this is the Lynas’ international safe standard of waste management, then we are doomed. We simply cannot afford to exposed ourselves to this kind of hazards. We are already seeing a toxic legacy piling up every day.”

Since 1991, the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) has long acknowledged the health effects of even low-level radiation exposure above the background level. ICRP has recommended an exposure level of no more than 1 mSv per year above the background for the public, and has drastically reduced the cumulative dose for workers, based on the widely used model of radiation protection - that there is no level of radiation exposure below which we are at zero risk – known as the linear-no-threshold (LNT) approach. Responsible medical organisations have warned that even low-level medical exposures such as chest X-rays (0.04 mSv per test) carry a quantifiable risk of harm. Cancer may not appear for 10-40 years.

“Lynas has operated for over five years now and it is still trying to play down the hazards of its wastes. Malaysia cannot afford to risk having this kind of company operating on our shore.” Mr Hon added.

Lynas has proposed to turn its wastes into various commercial products – from building and road paving materials to a soil filler known as Condisoil. This kind of dilution is only allowed when the radioactivity of the waste is close to the 1Bq/g threshold and if there is NO long live radionuclide. Thorium which is the dominant radionuclide in Lynas’ waste has a half-life of 14 billion years. All of the proposed diluted products by Lynas when released to the market will almost certainly exceed the 1mSv/year cumulative dose limit, posing serious health and environmental risks to the whole of Malaysia.

“The toxic legacy of Bukit Merah was created from monazite from our domestic tin tailing. Malaysia has been and will remain a laughing stock in the eyes of the international community by accepting such a hazardous and raw deal from Lynas, where we not only end up with its waste and pollution, we have even granted a 12-years tax break! How can this be compatible with PH’s manifesto to facilitate a sustainable development pathway for Malaysia?” concluded Mr Tan.

For further comments, please contact:

· Mr Tan Bun Teet - Hp: +60 179 730 576

· Mr Hon Kai Ping – Hp+60 199 530 921




Tuesday, 6 November 2018

VENUE HAS BEEN CHANGED BY MESTECC

TARIKH : 11 NOVEMBER 2018 (AHAD)

MASA : 9.00 PAGI


TEMPAT : DEWAN CENDANA, ARAS G, HOTEL SRI MANJA BOUTIQUE, BANDAR INDERA MAHKOTA, PAHANG


*Pendaftaran akan dibuka sehingga 9 November 2018 (Jumaat), jam 12.00 malam sahaja.

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Public Hearing by Lynas review committee on 11/11/2018 at Bukit Gambang Resort, Kuantan Pahang

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/11/05/committee-reviewing-lynas-to-hold-public-hearing-on-nov-11/?fbclid=IwAR3sQ0MoOkTjBKhEwvLXi0tVlFrNBcds-gVeIw4uWOO-fKvcuHR6tr3Djco

Committee reviewing Lynas to hold public hearing on Nov 11
Bernama
- November 5, 2018 11:50 PM
PUTRAJAYA: The Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) operations evaluation executive committee will hold a public hearing on Nov 11 at Bukit Gambang Resort City, Gambang, Pahang.

The energy, science, technology, environment and climate change ministry said the public hearing – scheduled to start at 9am – was to allow stakeholders, including Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd, NGOs, and experts in various fields to clarify concerns about the controversial plant.

“The public is invited to attend to listen for themselves the explanations from all quarters involved,” it said in a statement.

Interested parties can register at: https://tinyurl.com/lynashearing

Registration opens from today till midnight of Nov 9.

The ministry said those intending to attend must also comply with the rules and regulations.

The public can also watch the public hearing live via FB Live on Facebook.
To register for this hearing, please go to the link below :


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Wednesday, 31 October 2018

PRESS STATEMENT

SAVE MALAYSIA, STOP LYNAS

Save Malaysia, Stop Lynas is deeply disappointed with the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government's decision to extend Lynas' waste storage licence given the hazards of its wastes.

"We are alarmed by the sheer volumes of waste generated so far. Apparently over 450,000 tonnes of the most toxic of Lynas' wastes has been left near the LAMP. If this is the case then there will be over 880 tonnes of thorium in the mix."

"In any country with a responsible government, the refinery would have not been issued any licence to construct the plant, let alone generating so much waste contaminated with radioactive thorium, toxic heavy metals, chemicals and compounds which Lynas has not fully disclosed.”

Even China has better standard since 2010 than Malaysia in managing and regulating its rare earth industry."

Many of us felt cheated for voting for the PH Government thinking that it will make a real difference to make our future safer and cleaner.

Here are the standards China now observes for their Rare Earth’s industry - they have very clearly defined standards for their effluent discharge as well as solid wastes measured in molecular terms.

Each of the chemicals inherent in the effluents and solid wastes are systematically listed and classified accordingly to their toxicity to the waterways and soil.

Here, every time we breathe in the air, we have no idea if Lynas' thorium will be in the air, in the water we drink or in the food we eat.

Everyday Lynas is allowed to operate without a safe storage facility for its toxic waste, our health is put at risk by firstly, the Najib's Government's decision to allow Lynas into Malaysia, and now the PH's Government's failure to do something about that decision that is allowing another toxic legacy to happen at our doorstep.

Internationally, 1Bq/g (Becquerel is the SI derived unit of radioactivity) is the limit of radioactivity for this kind of waste to be exempted for radiation safety control.

Lynas' Water Leached Purification Residue (WLP) is 8 times that limit and our Government believed in Lynas' spin that low level radioactivity is safe.

We cannot accept this and we will continue to fight for our safety and that of future generations' since thorium has a 14 billion year half-life.

We cannot tolerate a known carcinogen - cancer causing substance - to be piled up high so close to populated area, fishing ground and agriculture area.


In a decent civilized country, the Government would not have tolerated the way Lynas' been dumping its hazardous waste in the open where thorium have been carried far and wide by the wind and rain.

More so when we have the annual North Eastern monsoon winds and rains.

The people of Kuantan placed high hopes on the newly elected PH government to correct the wrongs that the previous Barisan Nasional government committed especially in regards to Lynas advanced Materials Plant (LAMP).

Failing to act in the best interests of the people will render this government akin to the previous corrupt one and people will not forget how they have been double crossed.

Name : Tan Bun Teet
Contact : 017-9730576
Position : Chairperson
Save Malaysia, Stop Lynas

END STATEMENT


Wednesday, 16 May 2018

https://www.finnewsnetwork.com.au/archives/finance_news_network169498.html
Lynas says share price drop due to change in government

Company News

by Anna Napoli May 15, 2018 11:32 AM

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ASX:LYC Lynas (ASX:LYC) has attributed yesterday’s 9.5 per cent share price slide to changes in the Malaysian Government.

The rare earths miner says it’s looking forward to working with the new government.

The company also referred to a recent media article which raised concerns about the companies environmental monitoring in its Malaysian plant.

But, Lynas says there are no issues with the governance of its operations.

Shares in Lynas (ASX:LYC) are trading 1.83 per cent higher at $2.50.
https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/425358
Special committee on Lynas issue to be set up, says Wong Tack 

Bernama | Published on 16 May 2018, 11:59 am | Modified on Today 12:55 am




A special committee will be set up to review the Lynas issue in the near future, says Himpunan Hijau chairperson and Bentong MP Wong Tack.

Wong said that he was committed to championing the issue of Lynas, which has dragged on for 10 years.

"The establishment of the committee will not only discuss the issue of radioactive pollution by the waste from the Lynas plant, as was previously focused on by the government.

"The committee will also look into issues on the management of waste, verification of licenses owned by Lynas, selection of plant location, and health and environment (issues)," he said when met at a press conference on the issue at the Semambu assemblyperson’s office today.

Also present were Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh, Semambu assemblyperson Lee Chean Chung, and Save Malaysia Stop Lynas chairperson, Tan Bun Teet.

- Bernama
https://www.bharian.com.my/berita/wilayah/2018/05/426507/jawatankuasa-khas-kaji-aspek-keselamatan-kilang-lynas

Jawatankuasa khas kaji aspek keselamatan kilang Lynas

 


AHLI Parlimen Kuantan, Fuziah Salleh (duduk, dua dari kiri), Ahli Parlimen Bentong, Wong Tuck (duduk, tiga dari kiri) dan Pengerusi Save Malaysia Stop Lynas (SMSL), Tan Bun Teet (duduk, dua dari kanan) dalam sidang media di pejabat Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Semambu. - Foto Shaharinnahar Ab Latib


Oleh Shahrinnahar Latib
cnews@nstp.com.my

KUANTAN: Kumpulan anti-Lynas hari ini meminta kerajaan Pakatan Harapan (PH) supaya menubuhkan satu jawatankuasa khas untuk mengkaji semula aspek penetapan syarat dan operasi yang dikenakan terhadap kilang memproses nadir bumi itu di Kawasan Perindustrian Gebeng, dekat sini.

Pengerusi Save Malaysia Stop Lynas (SMSL), Tan Bun Teet, berkata perkara itu perlu diberi keutamaan kepada kerajaan kerana ia membabitkan soal keselamatan dan kesihatan rakyat di daerah ini.

"Kita harap dapat kaji semula segala aspek keselamatan kilang berkenaan. Kita harap ia dapat dilaksanakan dalam tempoh 100 hari pemerintahan kerajaan baharu ini," katanya pada sidang media di pejabat Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Semambu di sini, hari ini.

Yang turut hadir, Ahli Parlimen Kuantan, Fuziah Salleh, Ahli Parlimen Bentong, Wong Tuck dan Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Semambu, Lee Chean Chung.

Bun Teet berkata, banyak isu yang masih belum selesai, termasuk di mana sisa buangan bahan mineral itu dibuang selain pihak syarikat itu didakwa tidak pernah mengadakan dialog bersama penduduk Kuantan.

"Lynas sebelum ini tidak pernah berdialog dengan warga Kuantan untuk menjelaskan mengenai operasi kilang mereka.

"Justeru, selepas kerajaan baharu dibentuk, saya amat mengharapkan isu ini diberi perhatian kerana ia membabitkan soal keselamatan awam dan alam sekitar," katanya

Sementara itu, Wong Tuck, berkata pihaknya tetap komited memperjuangkan isu Lynas, terutama selepas kerajaan baharu dibentuk malah mesej yang ingin disampaikan adalah jelas iaitu mahu operasi kilang berkenaan mengikut prosedur.

"Kita tidak tahu sejauh mana selamatnya kilang Lynas dan tidak berkompromi terhadap sebarang isu keselamatan awam dan alam sekitar. Usaha secara komprehansif akan dilakukan untuk memastikan kilang itu mematuhi prosedur dari pelbagai aspek,"katanya.

Fuziah pula berkata, beliau menawarkan diri untuk menjadi orang tengah antara Lynas dengan penduduk, NGO dan kerajaan untuk berbincang isu berkenaan.

"Cukuplah Lynas mendapat perlindungan daripada kerajaan sebelum ini. Saya percaya, kerajaan pimpinan Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad tidak akan membiarkan projek seperti Lynas diteruskan jika memberi kesan kepada rakyat dan alam sekitar," katanya.