Thursday, May 10, 2012

Committee satisfied with safety at Lynas plant

Stop Lynas at TC Kuantan 8 May 2011
Stop Lynas at TC Kuantan 8 May 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

KUANTAN: The Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on Lynas chairman Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin yesterday said that he was satisfied with the safety aspect and the standards used by the Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd at its rare earth refinery in Gebeng near here.

Khaled, who is also the Higher Education Minister, said the company had not only carried out the environmental impact assessment on the project but also the radiological impact assesment.
"I was informed that the safety standard and the technology used here are stricter and more advanced than other countries.

"They also have an advanced system to control the air and water residue while, at the same time, ensuring that their products will not pollute the country," he said after leading the PSC team which visited the Lynas plant for more than two hours.

Khaled said it was the third time the committee had held a meeting with Lynas and the visit to the refinery had allowed them to inspect the concentration and storage facilities, apart from listening to a more detailed briefing by the Lynas officers.

He also refuted claims that the plant would affect those who lived nearby and could be damaged by a tsunami, as the facility was built about 6km from the nearest residential area and the shoreline.
Explaining that the refinery was not a nuclear reactor but only a chemical plant, Khaled said it would create 700 jobs and help develop the downstream industry.

On March 20, the Dewan Rakyat approved the motion to set up the PSC to seek scientific and factual feedback from stakeholders like regulators, as well as other relevant groups, and is slated to deliver its findings to Parliament by June 19.
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