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Lynas rare earths company downplays toxicity of thorium wastes

doubts on the thorium content as claimed by Lynas, saying that claims that rare earth ore imported from Australia had a low thorium content were a way to downplay its significance.

Toxicologist T. Jayabalan agreed, saying supporters of the Malaysian project were using the term ‘low-level radiation’ in an attempt to allay fears, but the fact remains that it’s still a form of radiation and it is carcinogenic.

A Battle for Rare Earths - The Diplomat, 2 June 11“……One issue, however, has emerged that will test that goodwill with Australia. The battle is over rare earths, the toxic by-products it produces and the Malaysian home one Australian company would like to find for it…..

But the neighbours aren’t happy, and a series of protests and newspaper campaigns in Malaysia have prompted the government to call in the International Atomic Energy Agency, which has asked a panel to review radiation health and safety aspects of the $240 million Lynas processing project.

The plant at Kuantan, Pahang, was due to start operations in November, but could be scrapped if the panel casts an unfavourable light on the project, which as protestors like to point out, isn’t being built in Australia……..

One Australian academic is concerned about the levels of exposure some workers have had to rare earths. Gavin Mudd, a senior lecturer for Environmental Engineering at Monash University, Melbourne, says the main point is that radiation exposure is cumulative and so adds up over time.

He also raised doubts on the thorium content as claimed by Lynas, saying that claims that rare earth ore imported from Australia had a low thorium content were a way to downplay its significance.

Toxicologist T. Jayabalan agreed, saying supporters of the Malaysian project were using the term ‘low-level radiation’ in an attempt to allay fears, but the fact remains that it’s still a form of radiation and it is carcinogenic.

Given the world’s distaste for all things nuclear following the havoc caused at Japan’s nuclear power plants in the wake of the March earthquake and tsunami, Lynas is probably facing an uphill battle if it expects to secure any goodwill for its processing plant….

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June 3, 2011 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, secrets and lies |

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