Bukit Merah mustn’t be forgotten

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SKANDAL PELABUHAN LUMUT: Pencemaran Iron Oxide
(PORT LUMUT SCANDAL: Iron Oxide Pollution)

Rakyat Perak sedang dibunuh dalam senyap!

| Feb 10, 2013 |

Transit Radioaktif Bukit Merah Di Manjung Masih Beroperasi

Awal Februari 2013 aktivis Persatuan Aktivis Sahabat Alam Perak (KUASA) menerima aduan perihal pemindahan sisa bahan radioaktif dari Bukit Merah, Ipoh ke sebuah stor transit sebelum dieksport yang dipercayai melalui pelabuhan Lumut Port, Kawasan Perindustrian Kg. Acheh Sitiawan.

Lokasi Stor Transit terkini: Ikuti penerangan & gambar dibawah…

Isu ini pernah dibangkitkan pada bulan April 2012, bermula blogger Al-Hussyen yang telah menjejaki kegiatan ekxport besi oksida (bahan radioakrif) dari sebuah tapak di Lahad, Ipoh dihantar ke Pelabuhan Lumut. Sejurus itu, aktivis bersama Team MediaPerak turun ke lokasi merakamkan kegiatan terbabit di Pelabuhan Lumut dari sebuah gudang transit ke kapal MV An Bao Jiang. Ia mendapat reaksi dari beberapa pimpinan dan dipaparkan dalam akhbar Sin Chew serta laman web MediaPerak.Net pada tahun lepas.

Kronologi pendedahan April 2012(Klik Untuk Baca & Gambar)
1. Aduan Rakyat: Pencemaran Jalan Ipoh-Lumut.
2. Hentikan Skandal Pencemaran Alam Di Perak.
3. Pencemaran Besi Oksida

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Perkara ini juga dipanjangkan kepada ADUN Pasir Panjang yang sempat turun ke lokasi pada hari berkenaan dan mendengar aduan dari pekerja berhampiran. NGO Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) juga telah dimaklumkan dan sedang berusaha melaku tindakan seterusnya dengan kerjasama KUASA.

For the full report, click on the link below:

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Free Malaysia Today

Fear over transfer of radioactive waste

Humayun Kabir | September 8, 2012

Perak DAP has lodged a police report over the move to transfer 80,000 drums of radioactive waste to another underground site.

IPOH: Drums of radioactive waste buried at the foot of Bukit Kledang in Belanja, Perak, are being transferred to another permanent location in the same area – and this is creating ripples of fear.

Perak DAP has lodged a police report urging the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) to investigate the safety aspects of the transfer.

Belanja is about 5km from Papan and 3km from Menglembu.

Papan is about 2km from a site in Bukit Merah used by Asian Rare Earth Sdn Bhd (ARE) to bury low-level radioactive waste from its rare earth mining operation in the early 1980s.
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It was reported that 80,000 of the 200-litre drums containing radioactive waste are now being kept at the dump located in Bukit Kledang.

The Perak government has decided to shift this dump site to a nearby long-term underground concrete storage facility called “engineered cell” in the same locality.

It was also reported that the ongoing cleaning-up work of a 30-year problem is estimated to cost RM30 million and is expected to be completed by 2015.

Fearing possible radioactive leakage, DAP Buntong assemblyperson A Sivasubramaniam had lodged the report at the district police headquarters here on Thursday.

He told FMT today that the 80,000 drums might have been damaged over the past 30 years and feared the radioactive waste – torium hydroxide – might leak.

“Why is the government now shifting the dump site to a new concrete site… unless there is a possibility of leakage?” he asked.

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Fear over transfer of radioactive waste

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Toxic legacy in Malaysia rare-earths village

By M. Jegathesan (AFP) – 1 day ago

BUKIT MERAH, Malaysia — Thirty years have passed since Japan’s Mitsubishi Chemicals opened a rare-earths refinery in the Malaysian village of Bukit Merah, but although the plant is gone, its toxic legacy persists.

The facility was embraced by authorities as an advanced foreign investment that would help create jobs in poor Perak state in the country’s north.

But a rise in leukaemia and other health problems has left the site, now abandoned, as a silent warning to Malaysia as it touts a controversial new foreign rare-earths plant being built in the country’s east by Australia’s Lynas Corp.

“Look at my hands. The skin is peeling,” said a 68-year-old local resident who gave only his surname, Ng.

“When I go to a local bar, the women just take off, afraid that if I touch them they will be infected,” he said angrily of a mystery skin disorder he has endured for years.

Ng, who ran a hauling business, was awarded a contract to dispose of radioactive waste from the then-new facility in 1982. The plant’s Japanese operators told him it could be used as fertiliser.

But the waste that he casually hauled away and disposed of in fields and rivers around Bukit Merah, home to 15,000 people, contained thorium, a carcinogenic radioactive chemical.

Lynas is putting the finishing touches on its $800 million rare-earths processing facility in Pahang state, a project billed by the government as an economic boost for the relatively undeveloped east coast.

Analysts say the plant, which will refine rare-earth ore brought from a Lynas mine in Australia, could help break China’s stranglehold on the mineral elements, which are used in high-tech gadgets ranging from iPods to missiles.

Toxic legacy in Malaysia rare-earths village
Sin Chew Jit Poh

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Malaysian Insider

Rare earth storage facility in Perak undergoing disposal process

June 18, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, June 18 — The nuclear waste long-term storage facility owned by Asian Rare Earth (ARE) in Perak is in the midst of a liquidation and disposal process.

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili (picture) said the facility was supervised and managed by ARE in terms of radiological inspection, liquidation and disposal while its safety was safeguarded by the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB).

“The ministry was informed of the New Repository Agreement between the Perak government and ARE signed on January 31, 2003.

“ARE has proposed to return the storage facility to the state government after the disposal process is completed. The agreement, however, does not involve the ministry,” he said in a written reply to Fong Po Kuan (DAP-Batu Gajah) at the Dewan Rakyat today.

Ongkili said AELB had set a condition for the site to be managed and monitored for 300 years to ensure the area was environmentally and medically safe. — Bernama

Main – Malaysia – Rare earth storage facility in Perak
www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/rareearth… – Cached

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The Long Term Storage Facility (LTSF) in Bukit Kledang, Perak

Malaysian Insider

Perak radioactive waste site ‘safe’, says Ongkili

May 25, 2012

BATU GAJAH, May 25 — The natural radioactive waste disposal project currently being carried out at the Long Term Storage Facility (LTSF) in Bukit Kledang, Perak is safe and complied with the scientific methods as well as the standard operating procedures set by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said he was satisfied with the implementation of the project by Asian Rare Earth (ARE) Sdn Bhd, which was being monitored by several government agencies including the Atomic Energy Licensing Board, Public Works Department as well as the (IAEA).

BATU GAJAH, May 25 — The natural radioactive waste disposal project currently being carried out at the Long Term Storage Facility (LTSF) in Bukit Kledang, Perak is …

www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/perak… – Cached

Bukit Kledang radioactive waste disposal project safe … LTSF) in Bukit Kledang, Perak is safeOngkili said phase two of the solid waste disposal project in …

www.nst.com.my/…radioactivewaste-disposal-project-safe… – Cached

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On 17 March 2012, the Pahang chapter of Save Malaysia Stop Lynas visited Bukit Merah. The Perak chapter turned up in support of them.

The gateway to Bukit Merah New Village

Once past the gateway, look right. That’s the police station. Not a single policeman ventured out of the station though an endless stream of traffic and people passed by.

Here is a poster in Chinese saying what the earlier poster says. You can see the community center in the background.

The community center is a short distance to the left after the police station.

Those attending signed in this green banner.

A reporter from ntv7 conducts an interview.

The leader of the Pahang chapter.

Same reporter interviews another participant.

ON TO THE OLD ASIAN RARE EARTH (ARE) SITE

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Chronology of events in the Bukit Merah Asian Rare Earth development

altEight men — a welder, a shoemaker, a general worker, a pensioner, a barber, a tractor driver, a crane-operator and a cancer victim who was to die shortly — sued Asian Rare Earth in 1985 on behalf of themselves and 10,000 other residents of Bukit Merah and the environs in Perak. They wanted to shut down this rare earth plant in their village near Ipoh because its radioactive waste was endangering their lives.

When the Mitsubishi joint venture plant opened over 1982, the villagers soon began complaining of the factory’s stinging smoke and bad smell which made them choke and cry. Worse was to come. Their health began failing, indicated not only by frequent bouts of coughs and colds, but a sharp rise in the incidence of leukaemia, infant deaths, congenital disease and lead poisoning.

Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) Giving a voice to the little people

www.consumer.org.my/index.php/health/454-chronology-of… – Cached

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[Mar 8, 2011] The Bukit Merah case is little known even elsewhere in Malaysia, and … Osamu Shimizu, the director of Asian Rare Earth, the Mitsubishi Chemical …
www.nytimes.com/2011/…/energy-environment/09rareside.html
By KEITH BRADSHER
Published: March 8, 2011

BUKIT MERAH, Malaysia — Hidden here in the jungles of north-central Malaysia, in a broad valley fringed with cave-pocked limestone cliffs topped with acacia and durian trees, lies the site of the largest radiation cleanup yet in the rare earth industry.

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