Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Lynas are Safe, Lynas Insist

Lynas Corporation Limited CEO and managing director Amanda Lacaze (left) has come out with a public statement that Lynas Malaysia is not a nuclear plant and it does not produce nuclear waste. 

She also maintains that the high quality rare earth material processed in the company’s plant had not shifted the background radiation level. 

Reassuring Malaysians, she insists: “We are a lawful company, we comply with all of our licence conditions, everything that we do is about zero harm to our people, zero harm to environment, zero harm to the community”. 

[Background info: Lynas Malaysia has been operating a processing plant in Gebeng, Kuantan in Pahang which refines rare earth ores from the Lynas mine in Western Australia for the past six years. But there persists claims that the activities carried out at the plant pose health hazards as they produce toxic and radioactive waste]. 

Lacaze said there was no toxic or radioactive waste produced by the plant; instead the by-products of its rare earth refining activities produced two forms of gypsum – an iron-rich phosphogypsum (WLP) that contains very low level naturally occurring radiation and a magnesium rich gypsum known as NUF which is a non-radioactive material. 

Both residues are safely managed under regulations expertly enforced by the Malaysian government through the Department of Environment and the Atomic Energy Licensing Board, she says. 

The WLP residues at Lynas Malaysia are stored on site in purpose-built, above ground storage facilities designed and managed in accordance with the requirements of international best practice. 

Echoing her pronouncements, Lynas Malaysia Radiation Safety General Manager Prof Ismail Bahari informs that the International Atomic Energy Agency had clarified that the radiological risk from the Lynas operation is intrinsically low. 

The Pakatan Harapan government have established a Lynas Executive Review Committee to scrutinize the environmental safety issues involving the Lynas Advance Material Plant operations. And Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Fuziah Salleh (right) is chairing this panel. 

This week, it has been raining cats and dogs in the city.

Jalan Pudu, Kuala Lumpur. Image credit: Malay Mail/Azneal Ishak

So when I came across this Mark Twain quote, I just wanna share it – simply because Heaven should be a popular travel destination:

"All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go"  lines from the Peter, Paul and Mary song Leaving on a Jet Plane (1967) – may indeed ring true for some of us, haha!

Not just us. Some 'Muslims' have an extra incentive to want to go to Heaven. Whatever it takes.

They will willingly become martyrs so that when they ascend to heaven, they will be rewarded with seventy-two virgins! Hmmm. 

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