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March 22, 2011

NO TO RARE EARTH REFINERY

Filed under: General,Human Right — wan muhamad azmi mamat @ 11:01 pm

I’M AGINST OF GOVERNMENT PLANNNING ON RARE EARTH REFINERY AT GEBENG INDUSTRIAL AREA, PAHANG.

WHY DO I AGAINST ON THIS MATTER? BECAUSE THE IMPACT OF THIS RADIOACTIVE PROCESS ARE MORE THAN WORSE, NONETHELESS IS DISASTER.

KEEP READ THE PART FROM WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECT FROM RARE EARTH REFINERY INCLUDING THE PREVIOUS CASE AT BUKIT MERAH, PERAK.

Mining, refining, and recycling of rare earths have serious environmental consequences if not properly managed. A particular hazard is mildly radioactive slurry tailings resulting from the common occurrence of thorium and uranium in rare earth element ores.[35] Additionally, toxic acids are required during the refining process.[11] Improper handling of these substances can result in extensive environmental damage. In May 2010, China announced a major, five-month crackdown on illegal mining in order to protect the environment and its resources. This campaign is expected to be concentrated in the South,[36] where mines are commonly small, rural, and illegal operations particularly prone to release toxic wastes into the general water supply.[10][37] However, even the major operation in Baotou, in Inner Mongolia, where much of the world’s rare earth supply is refined, has suffered major environmental damage.[11]

The Bukit Merah mine in Malaysia has been the focus of a US$100 million cleanup which is proceeding in 2011. “Residents blamed a rare earth refinery for birth defects and eight leukemia cases within five years in a community of 11,000 — after many years with no leukemia cases.” Seven of the leukemia victims died. After having accomplished the hilltop entombment of 11,000 truckloads of radioactively contaminated material, the project is expected to entail in summer, 2011, the removal of “more than 80,000 steel barrels of radioactive waste to the hilltop repository.” One of Mitsubishi’s contractors for the cleanup is GeoSyntec, an Atlanta-based firm.[31]

Wikipedia source, here.

THEREFORE, ALL MALAYSIAN, PLEASE VOICE UP TO RAISE YOUR RIGHT TO STAY SAFE WITHOUT ANY MASS RADIATION ELEMENT.

4 Comments »

  1. dear azmi,
    i m like u trying to make more poeple aware of this issue. may i suggest that u translate ur writings into bahasa so to enable more malaysians to know about this, and please add in a little more explanation regarding the hazards as many of the malay community is not so proficient in english especially smaller town folks.the malay newspapers also are not ‘exposive’.

    Comment by carmen — April 4, 2011 @ 10:18 am | Reply

    • Dear Carmen, thank you for your positive suggestion and concern on malaysian paradigm.. i’ll write and share more info on this hazardous material.

      Comment by wan muhamad azmi mamat — April 4, 2011 @ 8:47 pm | Reply

  2. salam.bro azmi,i’m currently doing an assignment on Lynas,on how does it affect human being. so,how does the rare earths cause birth defects and leukemia? what have the rare earths do in human body when it is exposed to us,till human can get leukemia?

    Comment by aqilahfarhanah — September 16, 2011 @ 10:31 pm | Reply

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    Comment by Interpretation of the quran — May 23, 2012 @ 7:43 am | Reply


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