Tapak Pelupusan Sisa Lynas – Ketelusan dan Perbincangan Awam Diperlukan Sebelum Sebarang Kelulusan Diberikan
Kenyataan Akhbar 3 Februari 2020
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) menggesa kerajaan Persekutuan dan agensi yang berkaitan agar memastikan terdapat ketelusan sepenuhnya, perbincangan dan maklum balas daripada orang awam sebelum meluluskan sebarang fasiliti pelupusan kekal (PDF) Lynas Corporation bagi sisa penulenan lumpur air (WLP) yang mengandungi sisa radioaktif.
SAM begitu bimbang dengan pengumuman Lynas baru-baru ini bahawa kerajaan negeri Pahang telah memberi kebenaran kepada syarikat terbabit untuk membina tapak PDF di Bukit Ketam.
Bagaimanapun, menurut laporan media hari ini (New Straits Times, 3 Feb 2020), Lembaga Pelesenan Tenaga Atom (LPTA) yang akan membuat keputusan mengenainya dan setakat ini belum ada sebarang keputusan dibuat.
SAM ingin menegaskan bahawa menurut undang-undang, pembinaan PDF perlu mendapatkan kelulusan daripada Jabatan Alam Sekitar (JAS) dan LPTA, dan dikehendaki menyerahkan Penilaian Kesan Alam Sekitar yang Terperinci (DEIA) di bawah Akta Kualiti Alam Sekitar 1974 serta Penilaian Kesan Radiologi (RIA) di bawah Akta Pelesenan Tenaga Atom 1984.
Justeru, bukan pihak LPTA sahaja yang boleh memberi kelulusan tetapi JAS juga perlu meluluskannya, memandangkan perlu disertakan penilaian alam sekitar serta penilaian kesan radiologi bagi fasiliti terbabit.Read more
Press Release 3 February 2020
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) calls on the Federal government and its relevant agencies to ensure that there is complete transparency and public feedback and consultations before approving any permanent disposal facility (PDF) of Lynas Corporation for its water leach purification residue (WLP) which contains radioactive wastes.
SAM was alarmed to learn of Lynas’ recent announcement that the Pahang state government has given consent to the company to build the PDF site in Bukit Ketam.
However, according to today’s media reports (New Straits Times, Feb 3) it is the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) that will decide and no decision has been made yet.
SAM would like to stress that according to the laws, the PDF will definitely require approvals from both the Department of Environment (DOE) as well as the AELB, and will require a Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (DEIA) under the Environmental Quality Act 1974 as well as a Radiological Impact Assessment (RIA) under the Atomic Energy Licensing Act 1984.
Hence, it is not only the AELB that has to approve, it is also the DOE which must give its approval, given that there has to be an environmental assessment as well as a radiological impact assessment of the facility.
The DEIA and the RIA reports must go hand in hand and must be done properly, with the full public participation, consultation and feedback prior to any approvals being given either by the DOE or the AELB.
Complete transparency in the process must be ensured, especially since the Lynas operations have been highly controversial, generating much public outcry.Read more
Comment 05 April 2019
On 08 July 2014, 15 people including the current Bentong Member of Parliament Wong Tack were charged for protesting against Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) in the Kuantan Sessions Court. 10 of them were charged under Section 145 of the Penal Code and 5 others under Section 147 of the same. On 06 July 2018, all 15 were found guilty and fined between RM1,500 and RM1,600. An appeal was filed against the conviction. On 13 March 2019, all 15 withdrew their appeal against the government. Please see following links.
During their case at the Sessions Court in Kuantan, Mr Chan Chee Koon, a former professor at University Malaya with a strong list of credentials was called to give evidence on whether the plant is safe. He prepared a full statement basing it on background documents he was privy to where he reviewed them and gave his professional view. Read his full statement here.
Press Release 19 Februari 2019
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is shocked to learn of the decision by Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister (WLNR), Dr. Xavier Jayakumar to lift the moratorium on bauxite mining in Pahang and for activities to resume effective 1 April.
While the WLNR Ministry is responsible for regulating the mining industry including bauxite, it does not have the jurisdiction and authority to regulate the environmental impacts of such mining activities, which is within the purviewof the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) for the enforcement of the Environmental Quality Act, 1974.Read more
Kenyataan Akhbar 19 Februari 2019
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) amat terkejut dengan keputusan yang dibuat oleh Menteri Air, Tanah dan Sumber Asli, Dr. Xavier Jayakumar menarik balik moratorium terhadap perlombongan bauksit di Pahang dan bagi aktiviti disambung semula berkuatkuasa 1 April.
Sementara Kementerian Air, Tanah dan Sumber Asli (WLNR) bertanggungjawab untuk mengawal industri perlombongan termasuk bauksit, ia tidak mempunyai kuasa untuk mengawal kesan alam sekitar seperti aktiviti perlombongan, yang terletak di bawah Kementerian Tenaga, Sains, Teknologi, Alam Sekitar dan Perubahan Iklim (MESTECC) bagi penguatkuasaan Akta Kualiti Alam Sekeliling 1974.Read more