I read with great concern the report in The Star Online yesterday October 12th by the Director General of AELB Datuk Abdul Aziz Raja Adnan on the long term Radioactive Waste Management Plan of LAMP (Lynas Advanced Material Plant).
He was quoted to have said “We have received the long-term waste management plan from Lynas but we have not analysed it yet.”
“The plan will not be made public as I do not consider it submitted until we make sure it is in accordance with international standards,”
Lynas Corporation in their Quarterly Report for the period ending 30th June 2011 (published 28th July 2011) however reported that the long term waste management plan of LAMP has been submitted to AELB on the 18th July 2011.
At the same time I have also received report that Malaysia can expect the REO from Mt Weld to arrive in Kuantan by the end of this month. This matter was mentioned by the Kuantan Port Authorities in the monthly HSE- Health Safety and Environment Committee meeting between Kuantan Port Consortium and the Land Occupants of Kuantan Port area, held in Kuantan last week.
While Lynas Corporation is threatening to sue me for defamation for filing a report to the Australian Securities Commission, and behaving as if they have complied to every of the recommendations of IAEA, the Malaysian authorities is saying the opposite.
Lynas Corp must not be allowed to bully us Malaysian, neither the citizens, nor the authorities. They have been behaving as if “Ini Negara dia punya”. If Lynas were to build this refinery in Australia, they will have to follow very stringent public consultation procedures as well as they will never get away with operating a refinery in a site such as where LAMP is situated in Gebeng.
I also refer to Raja Aziz’s statement in the Malaysian Insider dated 15th June 2011 that Malaysia adheres to the IAEA standards where 1000 Bq/kg (1 Bq/g) is the limit for the waste to be classified as radioactive or otherwise. Clearly, the IAEA recommendations and PEER Report (29th May-3rd June 2011) which stated that the waste from LAMP is at a radioactivity of 6.2 Bq/g points to the fact that the waste from LAMP is classified as RADIOACTIVE WASTE.
However this conclusion regarding the waste being classified as radioactive and the reference to the General Safety Guide No GSG-1 was totally missing and not mentioned in the IAEA report.
Neither was there any reference to other IAEA standards on waste safety.
The criteria for site selection and transportation of the radioactive waste if International standards were to be complied with, points to the fact that specifically with LAMP the implications on the environment, residents, livestock, habitation, groundwater, socio economy, will be too great and too hazardous. I can foresee that there is no environment or space anywhere in Kuantan or anywhere in Malaysia for that matter which fulfils the requirement for a SAFE Long Term Waste Management Plan for LAMP.
I call upon Lynas Corp to be responsible, accountable and transparent to the public of Kuantan and the greater public of Malaysia. Please do not continue to mislead the public as well as the authorities of this country.
I assert my point that I will continue to stand by the people’s side. I will continue to fight to what is the right of the people, their choice of not accepting LAMP?s existence in Gebeng. I stand firm to the fact that I will not be bullied by Lynas Corp. Neither do I fear the threats of a defamation suit by them. The public of Kuantan and the people of Malaysia reserve our rights to support projects that contribute towards a sustainable development. Clearly LAMP is not one of those.
MP for Kuantan
On Behalf of the STOP LYNAS COALITION