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Malaysian call for Australia to take back radioactive thorium wastes

Protesters said the plant would produce high amounts of the radioactive waste thorium that will endanger them and future generations…….”Malaysia should not be the dumping ground for radioactive waste. We reject the waste and we want Australia to take back

MALAYSIA Radiation Fears Fuel Protest, IPS ipsnews.net, By Baradan Kuppusamy KUANTAN, Apr 18, 2011 (IPS) – Fears of radioactive poisoning have fuelled a protest against an Australian mining company building the world’s largest rare earth processing plant outside China. The protest is directed at Lynas Corp., which will ship rare earth ore from its mine in Port Weld, Western Australia, for processing in the plant in Gebeng outside this city, a fishing port some 250 kilometres north of capital Kuala Lumpur.

Protesters said the plant would produce high amounts of the radioactive waste thorium that will endanger them and future generations…….
Kuantan City lawmaker Fuziah Salleh, who is leading the protest, refused to support any decision to store the waste within her constituency or anywhere else in Malaysia.

“Malaysia should not be the dumping ground for radioactive waste. We reject the waste and we want Australia to take back the waste,” she told IPS. …..”The thorium content is high,” she said in a statement, adding Australian officials had confirmed this to her…..
What is further fuelling the protest against Lynas is Malaysia’s experience with another rare earth plant, this time in northern Perak state, some 30 years ago.

That plant near Bukit Merah Township was ordered shut down after higher than normal incidences of birth defects and leukaemia surfaced among babies born to residents in the area.

Protesters said the thorium waste at Bukit Merah that were stored in drums in shallow holes in the ground is still being cleaned up three decades later, underlining the long-term dangers of thorium.

“Lynas might come and go but we will be left to deal with the waste for many, many decades,” said Salleh.

MALAYSIA: Radiation Fears Fuel Protest – IPS ipsnews.net

April 19, 2011 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, wastes

2 Comments »

  1. They should charge for the waste and funnel the funding into building Thorium cycle reactors. Then build facilities to process and store the waste products for further industrial uses. These reactors will produce many rare and valuable by products unless all you want to do is live in a straw hut with dirt floors praying to the gods for rain and fertility.

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    Comment by bongstar420 | April 29, 2011 | Reply

    • The comment above is indicative of the strange logic of the pro nuclear lobby.
      Thorium cycle reactors leave radioactive wastes that last for 300 years.
      Somehow, the nuclear lobby sees this as an advantage. No other industry would boast of leaving toxic wastes for ONLY 300 years.
      Also, Thorium reactors often use plutonium as well, compounding the toxicity.
      If an atom of thorium 232 absorbs a neutron, it becomes isotope 233. Some will fission, but some won’t.

      Thorium 233 beta decays (HL 22 minutes) to proactinium 233, which beta decays (HL 27 days) to uranium 233. uranium 233 is fissionable, and you can make bombs out of it.
      The idea of small Thorium reactors set up locally brings the possibility of extremists more easily being able to make bombs.
      Thorium reactors are fraught with problems of safety and security – and they sound like just one more propaganda tool of the dying nuclear industry

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      Comment by Christina MacPherson | April 29, 2011 | Reply


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