NO to the LAMP project

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The People’s Green Coalition submitted a memorandum to the IAEA panel investigation on the “public nuisance” of the LAMP project in Gebeng Industrial Estate, Pahang.

The People’s Green Coalition was invited by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to submit its views on the LAMP (Lynas Advanced Materials Plant) project to the IAEA Panel at 4.30pm on 31 May 2011.

The Coalition supports resolutely the demand of the people of Pahang and Malaysia to stop LAMP from operating in Malaysia based on the following reasons:

The project will cause grave ecological disaster to the environment of Pahang and the whole of Malaysia resulting in irreversible damage to the flora, fauna and human settlements

The toxic chemicals emitted during the manufacturing process and the radioactive waste products will severely damage the health and well-being of the population of Pahang and Malaysia.

A severely damaged ecology will affect fishing, agricultural and animal husbandry industries whose products will be contaminated and hence will be rejected by the local and international markets.

Once contaminated, the palm oil exports will not be accepted by the international communities with the dire consequences of causing a possible collapse of the palm oil industries in Malaysia resulting in irrevocable damage to the national economy.

The property prices in and around Kuantan have already seen a sharp decline due to the fear of chemical and radioactive contamination of the environment. The tourism industries will similarly experience a decline as tourists avoid visiting a contaminated environment.

The radioactive waste will last for an infinite period of time thus further endangering the health and life of generations to come.

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The risks to the community far outweigh the benefits which will largely be gained by Lynas since it will enjoy a period of 12 years of tax exemption. The employment opportunities purported is facile if the risks to the workers were taken into account.

Malaysia has endured a tragic experience when Mitsubishi Corporation established the Asian Rare Earth Plant in Bukit Merah Perak about 30 years ago. It is an undeniable fact that the people of Bukit Merah have suffered grievous bodily harm till today as Mitsubishi is still attempting to clean up the radioactive waste in the region.

The People’s Green Coalition resolutely rejects the LAMP project in Gebeng Industrial Estate, Pahang.

NB: A detail study of the EIA and RIA reports will be submitted in due course in view of the short notice of invitation by MITI to this consultation as well as the late release of EIA and RIA reports by MITI on the 30 May 2011.

The Coalition was represented at the meeting by Mr Ahmad Bongsu Bin Abdul Hamid Tuah, Nuclear Physicist; Dr T Jayabalan, Physician in Occupational Medicine and Toxicologist at National Toxicology Centre University of Science Malaysia; and Prof Tan Kah Kheng, Professor of Chemical Engineering HELP University, Visiting Fellow University of Cambridge.

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