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Foreign experts for Lynas probe

KUALA LUMPUR: A director from the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will lead the nine-man team to review the proposed Lynas rare earth processing facility in Gebeng, Pahang.

The probe will cover the health and safety aspects of the facility.

Dr Tero Varjoranta from Finland leads the team. He is the Director of the Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology at the IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy.

External experts are Jan van der Steen (Netherlands), Dr Leo M. Lowe(Canada), Dr P.M. Balagopala Pillai (India), Dr Dennis Wymer (UK) and Ulric Schwela (Finland).

Internal (IAEA) experts comprise Dr Magnus Vesterlind (Sweden), Dr Horst Monken Fernandes (Brazil) and Hanna Kajander (Finland), while Hiroko Ratcliffe (Austria) will be the administrative assistant.

All members of the panel are recognised experts in their respective disciplines and have specialist knowledge in issues relating to radiation protection, safety assessment, waste management, transportation, as well as decommissioning and remedial actions.

The scope of the review process includes transportation, radiation protection (occupational, public and environmental), safety assessment, waste management and decommissioning and environmental remediation.

The review will take place from May 29-June 3.

The panel is scheduled to complete and submit its report to the Government by the end of June.

The Government would make public the panel’s findings and recommendations, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said yesterday.

He added no importation of raw materials from Australia would be allowed into Malaysia and no pre-operating licence issued to Lynas, pending completion of this review.

The decision by the Government to appoint an independent panel of international experts for such a review arose following con- cerns over the safety aspects of the project.

Mustapa said the work agenda of the review mission would also involve open and closed working sessions, presentations by relevant stakeholders and site visits.

Interested parties, including residents and community groups, will have an opportunity to make representations to the panel. – Bernama

(Ihsan: The Star Online)

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