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KUALA LUMPUR: The Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on the Lynas Advanced Materials Project (LAMP) recommended that the LAMP in Gebeng, Pahang, submits its research findings on residue produced by the plant within 10 months after the Temporary Operating License (TOL) is issued.
The recommendation made, would cover the recycling, waste minimisation, utilisation and commercialisation of the residue.
This recommendation was among 31 recommendations made in the selected commitee's report, tabled in the Dewan Rakyat, today.
To ensure that the residue dust would not be floating in the air or leakage in the ground, the committee recommended that the Atomic Energy Licensing Board
(AELB) should impose proper conditions for LAMP to take additional measures that guaranteed a comprehensive protection on the Residue Storage Facility (RSF).
The commitee also suggested that AELB and Lynas should carry out constant monitoring on the radiation level periodically under the Atomic Energy Licensing
Act 1984 and the regulations thereunder.
The health baseline study led by the Health Ministry was also suggested to begin immediately, which would cover the main aspects such as the number of
leukimia, cancer and asthmatic cases.
Besides the health aspects, the committee also would take note of the economic benefits to be gained from the project and suggested the involvement of
local operators in the downstream industries that used high-tech rare earth products.
According to the report, the committee also recommended research and development (R&D) activities related to the rare earth technology and the residue management to be promoted in the local higher learning institutions. Bernama