Safety of Lynas plant a matter of public interest

The Atomic Energy Licensing Board (LPTA) must explain whether the proposed RM700 million rare earth radioactive metal processing plant in Gebeng, Kuantan by Lynas (M) Sdn Bhd, is not harmful to public health.

The construction of an Advance Materials Plant within the Gebeng Industrial Estate (GIE) in Kuantan, Pahang is involved in rare earth radioactive metal processing.

Pahang MCA chairman Liow Tiong Lai said such steps was to ensure that the people in the area, especially Gebeng, know the operations of the company while their safety is guaranteed.

“The approving authority can be the LPTA, federal government or state government but before they approve any licenses (to the company) they must give maximum consultation to the public.

“So that the public is aware of the situation, aware that their safety is taken care off and that they know the factory is safe for them. Only thenthey can we provide the license to the company,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby here today.

The people in Kuantan are concerned with the operations of the company and the health hazard it may cause, said Liow who had together with the Pahang Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Pahang Associated Chinese Chamber of Commerce submitted a memorandum to Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Dr Maximus Ongkili, urging his ministry to brief the people.

Dr Maximus Ongkili had said the effluent from the plant owned by Lynas (M) Sdn Bhd contained low radioactive material and that the RM700 million rare earth radioactive metal processing plant in Gebeng, Kuantan was safe and not harmful to public health.

— Bernama

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