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IAEA report on safety of Lynas rare earths will be slanted in favour of the company

“How can we monitor daily? The risks of human error are too high,” she said, pointing out that the half-life of thorium was 14 billion years…..Fuziah promised that if the report from the panel, which includes members of the IAEA, was as she anticipated, she will continue to bring the issue to a higher level and exert pressure on authorities.

No confidence in Lynas safety review’Free Malaysia Today Tashny Sukumaran,  June 20, 2011, The IAEA report on the Lynas Corp is bound to be slanted and the human factor will not be taken into account, says Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh. KUALA LUMPUR: Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh is already second guessing the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) report on the Lynas Corp’s rare earth refinery in Gebeng, Pahang.

She said she has no confidence in the independent panel’s safety review of the RM300 million Lynas Corp rare earth refinery . “I can imagine the outcome will contain acknowledgement of safety concerns, but also on how this refinery can be made safe,” said Fuziah.

“How can we monitor daily? The risks of human error are too high,” she said, pointing out that the half-life of thorium was 14 billion years.“They will recommend special procedures to be complied with involving transport, occupational health, monitoring and groundwater – but how can we be sure of them?

The review panel will present its recommendations to the government by the end of the month.

She also underlined how Gebeng was a highly unsuitable choice for the plant, as most refineries in the world were located in arid, unpopulated environments while Gebeng had residents within a 2km area and was humid.

Residents will protest“It’s totally opposite to what’s ideal, and therefore it will be impossible to comply.”

Fuziah promised that if the report from the panel, which includes members of the IAEA, was as she anticipated, she will continue to bring the issue to a higher level and exert pressure on authorities.

“The residents of Balok have made up their minds to stand against the plant,” said Fuziah.

Fuziah had accused Lynas of practising double standard in Malaysia and making use of “lax environmental laws” unlike those enforced in Australia.“All sorts of protests (will be held) – including a referendum promising that if the government doesn’t listen, it will translate to votes.”……..

She said Lynas had applied to build its refinery using standards set in China instead of the IAEA’s.

“Yes, 1,000 becquerels per kilogramme is the international standard. That’s equal to 1 becquerel per gram. My question is, why is it in the radiological impact assessment (RIA) of the plant, it says waste for Lynas is 61 becquerels per gram? They’re using Chinese standards, because there the limit is 74 becquerels per gram.”

She also questioned why the RIA had been out since June 2010 but only made available in late May 2011.

“The fact that the director-general is only making the statement now shows that he isn’t aware of what’s happening.”

The RM700 million refinery is being constructed by Australia’s Lynas Corp, which plans to ship rare earth ore mined from Western Australia’s Mount Weld to Gebeng……..

The plant has evoked fears of radiation contamination as residents desperately seek to stop the construction of the world’s largest refineryWidespread protest forced the government to bow to public pressure and halt work until the independent panel reviews the safety of the Lynas plant….http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/2011/06/20/no-confidence-in-lynas-safety-review/.

June 21, 2011 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, rare earths, secrets and lies, uranium |

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