KUALA LUMPUR, July 21 (Sin Chew Daily) – The highly concerned permanent disposal facility (PDF) of Lynas Advance Material Plant (Lamp) would be located at its plant in Gebeng Industrial Park near Kuantan, Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Dr Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah said.
He said that the government provides that the PDF must be located at the plant to avoid any accidents on the way transferring rare earth wastes to other places.
He stressed that it is a regulation set by the government that the PDF must be built at the plant and the wastes would not be transferred to and disposed in other states.
Abu Bakar told Sin Chew Daily that Lamp has submitted its PDF plan to the ministry by July 3 and the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) is currently reviewing the plan.
He pointed out that according to the international standard, Lamp must build a PDF to prepare for contingencies and at the same time, the government agreed to allow the company to reprocess the wastes into safe, non-radioactive products. Therefore, Lamp could use the wastes for research and development purposes.
He explained that the people would not have to worry as Lamp has not yet put into production and thus, it has not produced any products and wastes so far.
However, he also stressed that Lamp must transferred radioactive wastes out the country and not to store them in the country.
Earlier, Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh had asked Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin about the proposed PDF locations. The Minister had refused to answer and just said that there were a few proposed sites and the government had not yet finalised it.
Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan also stressed that the state government would not allow Lamp to transfer its wastes to the treatment and waste disposal centre at Bukit Nanas, saying that the wastes should be disposed where they were produced.