Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Western Australian NGO wants Lynas LAMP to back home!

Aussie NGO: Gebeng not part of Lynas’ blueprint

Stephanie Sta Maria | March 6, 2012 from Free Malaysia Today

【Audio record by Bersihkan Malaysia (Perth)】 Interviews following ANAWA / EDO submission of appeal to WA EPA today : http://dl.dropbox.com/u/28244409/Audio%20recordings/Stop%20Lynas-%20Save%20Malaysia.wav
ANAWA claims that Lynas' massive changes to its plan has resulted in its plant being built in Gebeng where laws are looser and labour is cheaper.


PETALING JAYA: The Anti-Nuclear Alliance of Western Australia (ANAWA) has revealed that Lynas Corporation Ltd was supposed to build its plant in Western Australia and not Malaysia.
According to ANAWA, Lynas’ 14-year-old blueprint indicated that the Australian mining giant had orginally planned to build its processing plant in Meenar a decade ago. But until today there had been no signs of any development on the intended site.
ANAWA spokesperson Marcus Atkinson told FMT that the orginal approvals were given by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) for Lynas to ship rare earth to buyers and confirmed that he had viewed these relevant documents firsthand.
However, he said that Lynas had since made numerous alterations to its operations to the point that its rare earth refinery had now landed in Malaysia.
“Instead of transporting processed rare earth, it is now shipping a concentrate which contains thorium and other radioactive material with more heavy metals,” he told FMT.
Atkinson admitted that they had been more focused on Lynas’ operations in Australia until the uproar in Malaysia reached their ears and they realised that Lynas’ had made “massive” changes to its plans.
“Now it involves Malaysia and our moral responsibility,” he said. “This is a complete change to the original project hence why we are urging the EPA to review Lynas’ approvals.”
ANAWA and Australia’s Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) lodged a referral with the EPA this morning calling on the latter to reopen the project and revisit Lynas’ “outdated” approvals.
Atkinson had yesterday raised deep concerns over the amount of radioactive material being transported from Mount Weld to Fremantle Port for export and called for stronger regulations to be put in place to ease the fears of the surrounding community.
He had also drawn attention to the fact that Lynas had sparked off Malaysia’s largest environmental campaign with its RM2.5 billion Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) in Gebeng, Kuantan.
The nationwide Himpunan Hijau 2.0 rally held on March 26 saw more than 15,000 people gathering to demand that Lynas be ousted from Kuantan.
Less stringent laws
Atkinson added that ANAWA and EDO strongly believed that Lynas had chosen to move its operations to Malaysia because of the heavy metals and radioactive waste involved in the processing.
“We believe Lynas picked Malaysia to save money and enable it to operate under less stringent laws,” he stated.
“The biggest concerns about the processing are the storage and waste management issues which are made more difficult in Gebeng which we understand to be wetlands.”
Asked if Lyns would be allowed to operate in the same manner and with the same liberty in Western Australia as in Gebeng, Atkinson firmly replied in the negative.
“There is no way it could operate the way it is in Malaysia over here,” he said. “Australia’s laws are much more stringent.”
Atkinson issued a further call for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to be scrutinised for downplaying the levels of radioactivity soon to be produced by Lynas’ operations.
“Just because the radioactive elements fall below the IAEA’s levels it doesn’t mean that the products don’t contain any radioactivity,” he pointed out.
EDO and its lawyers would also be issuing a letter to Lynas today urging it to stop any plans for the exportation of rare earth until the EPA reached a decision following the referral submission.
The EPA was expected to revert to ANAWA and EDO within 28 days on whether it would reopen the case or if Lynas’ current approvals were good enough.
“If they refuse to review the project then we will file a court case against it,” Atkinson promised.
Lynas’ letter of undertaking
Meanwhile in another development, International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamed said today that Lynas had given the government a letter of undertaking to send its rare earth processing residue abroad if it cannot find a suitable waste disposal site in Malaysia.
The Star Online reported Mustapa as saying that the move was taken as an assurance to the people’s psychological and emotional safety.
“Even though the government is satisfied there will be no radioactive residue produced during the plant’s operation, we have ordered Lynas to guarantee and plan the provision of a permanent waste disposal facility far from human population as recommended by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
“Failing which, Lynas has already expressed willingness to take the residue out of Malaysia,” he said in a joint statement with Pahang Menteri Besar Adnan Yaakob in Kuantan.
The report also quoted the minister as saying that the Western Australia Resources Minister Norman Moore had confirmed on Feb 29 that the rare earth’s radiation level was very low.
“The fact is, the rare earth does not need to be controlled by Australia because it is not dangerous but in Malaysia, AELB is overseeing the project after considering the public’s opinion,” he added.
Mustapa said the government was urging Lynas to take extra care for the sake of the people, and not because of “threats by Himpunan Hijau” which had said it would hold another anti-Lynas rally if the government refuse to shut down the project.





9 comments:

  1. "there will be no radioactive residue produced during the plant’s operation,"

    So this Mustapa is still not finished trying to lie to Malaysians. Low level radioactive residue is not equivalent to NO radioactive residue.

    When the GOM continue to try to lie and mislead Malaysians, there is NO reason to put our trust on them. All concerned Malaysians must continue to oppose the LAMP in Gebeng until all issues are adequately addressed. SAVE MALAYSIA STOP LYNAS campaign must go on.

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    1. You are right, the campaign must go on to STOP LYNAS. When and how? I willing do anything to stop them.

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  2. EITHER LYNAS MOVES OUT OR PRIME MINISTER NAJIB GOES OUT IN THE NEXT UPCOMING ELECTIONS? WHICH DO YOU WANT? LET THE PUBLIC DECIDE. FROM A CONCERNED FELLOW MALAYSIAN WHOSE PARENTS ARE IN KUANTAN.

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  3. EITHER LYNAS MOVES OUT OR PRIME MINISTER NAJIB GOES OUT IN THE NEXT UPCOMING ELECTIONS? WHICH DO YOU WANT? LET THE PUBLIC DECIDE. FROM A CONCERNED FELLOW MALAYSIAN WHOSE PARENTS ARE IN KUANTAN.

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  4. NOTHING WRONG LYANS OPERATION ,SMART MAYLISAN SUPPORT LYANS ,LYANS OPERATION WILL BE GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY AND WILL CREAT MORE JOBS AND PUT MALYISA AT THE FRONT OF THE WORLD AND IT WILL BE NO RADIOACTIVE WASTE FROM OPERATION .

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  5. Menteri has shares and commissions for this project, better not get involved since we are not LYNAS shareholders, normally australians will follow ISO9001 law on neuclear waste disposal. I may not be able to protect you on menteri multi-million dollar profit taking and arm forces against civilian protestors, be safe, my advise. my personal mensa tells me --> Imagine your own house has Gold and diamond underneath the soil and you knew about it, will you call ang mor to dig out all the diamonds and golds and ask them to bring back to aussie land, not logical isn't it? if you know your house have diamonds or golds you may ask ang mor to help you dig them out and get shares out of it, am i logical enough. Ang mor is only an excuse so that they need not explain how much to share out. definately govt have high commissions and shares in their gold or diamond or else they will not ask ang mor to help them dig it out and govt will never say ask them to carry it away for free, its a GLC corporation to be honest, just be neutral, do not go against the govt when govt declare green light for lynas, i already knew who is the boss

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  6. Kuantan, Malaysia
    The LAMP at Kuantan is being built with support from the Malaysian government,[2] with "pioneer" status including a 12-year tax exemption.[4] The ore processing will annually yield several thousand tonnes of waste product (Gypsum) which contains high concentrations of thorium, a radioactive element. Concerns regarding the short and long term storage of this waste material, politicised in the context of forthcoming parliamentary elections, fueled widespread protests in Malaysia in 2011.[8][9] According to a New York Times report whistle blower engineers claimed that short cuts were taken on the construction of the LAMP including the use of cheaper standard steel instead of the more expensive materials to deal with the slightly radioactive, super heated and highly corrosive slurry used in the plant.[10]

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