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Lynas Rare Earths company faces difficult regulations on radioactive waste disposal

Lynas must provide a detailed plan and location [ of  long term radioactive waste facility] 10 months after the licence is issued or it will not be allowed to operate.”

the onus on Lynas to return the residue to Australia in the event that its plan to commercialise the residue fails.
However, Aziz refused to entertain probes on media reports that Australia will not be accepting any of the residue back into the country.

The Atomic Energy Licencing Board (AELB) releases public feedback on LAMP, Free Malaysia Today, Stephanie Sta Maria | February 16, 2012 DENGKIL: In a move to fulfil the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) recommendation of public engagement over the Lynas Corp’s controversial rare earth refinery in Kuantan, the Atomic Energy Licencing Board (AELB) has begun releasing snippets of feedback collected during the public viewing of Lynas’ application permit.

AELB and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti)approved Lynas’ application for a temporary operating licence (TOL) on Feb 1, just three days after the deadline for submission of public feedback.
Anti-Lynas groups slammed the decision as “hasty” and accused AELB and Mosti of completely disregarding public opinion……

AELB director-general Raja Abdul Aziz Raja Adnan. pointed out that the
five conditions attached to the approval of the TOL reflected public
opinion which mainly pertained to the Permanent Disposal Facility, the
financing of residue management and a third-party assessor.
“Remember that the TOL has only been approved and not yet issued,” he
stated. “For that to happen, Lynas needs to make payments for the
licencing fee and the first installment of US$50 million.”
“This addresses the financing of residue management in the event that
Lynas goes bust. AELB has also drawn up specifications for the
independent third-party assessor and we will be conferring with
various professional bodies on this draft. Lynas will bear the cost of
the appointment.”
“As for the facility, Lynas must provide a detailed plan and location
10 months after the licence is issued or it will not be allowed to
operate.”
Aziz added that AELB has also imposed more than 70 conditions above
these five and that two of those conditions involved two letters of
undertaking from Lynas.
The first letter will hold Lynas responsible for any untoward incident
arising from the operations of the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant
(LAMP).
The second letter will place the onus on Lynas to return the residue
to Australia in the event that its plan to commercialise the residue
fails.
However, Aziz refused to entertain probes on media reports that
Australia will not be accepting any of the residue back into the
country.
“I don’t speak for Lynas or Australia,” he stated “And I have no idea
as to what media reports you are referring to……

Also present at the briefing was a representative of the Department of
Environment (DOE), who dismissed calls for a Detailed Environment
Impact Assessment (DEIA) as unnecessary……
The restrictions imposed on the public viewing of Lynas documents.
The documents officially belong to Lynas (M) Sdn Bhd and are therefore
subject to their legal rights over the protection of commercial
information and intellectual property….
Lynas declares the residue as non-radioactive based on China’s
standard of 74 Bq/g.
Under Malaysian law,74 Bq/g is deemed radioactive and is therefore
regulated under Act 304…..
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/2012/02/16/aelb-releases-public-feedback-on-lamp/

February 17, 2012 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics international

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