Wednesday, April 27, 2011
It takes simple arithmetic to calculate the Amount of Thorium produced by Lynas as a by-product per year!
傅芝雅 (Fuziah Salleh)
简单计算莱纳斯（Lynas）每年所生产的辐射废料 - 钍（Thorium）!
莱纳斯声称它的稀土只含0.16％钍。 这可是一个疑问，因为莱纳斯声称稀土来自澳洲Mt. Weld - 现在我们知道关丹的稀土提炼厂也将会处理来自马拉维的稀土。(www.infomine.com/index/pr/PA536540.PDF)
55/10，000 x 22,000公吨 = 121公吨
27th April 2011
It takes simple arithmetic to calculate the Amount of Thorium produced by Lynas as a by-product per year.
Lynas claims that its rare earth has 0.16%thorium. (Even this is questionable because that’s rare earth from Mt Weld as claimed by Lynas - now we know that LAMP will also be processing rare earth from Malawi in their refinery in Kuantan).
It has been mentioned by Lynas that the ratio of thorium to rare earth produced is 55 to 10,000. Meaning that with 10,000 metric tons of rare earth produced, there will be 55 metric tons of thorium as by-product.
LAMP plans to produce at least 22,000 metric tons of rare earth concentrate per year. Now wouldn’t that leaves Kuantan with 121 metric tons of thorium accumulated per year to deal with?
55/10,000 x 22,000 metric tons = 121 metric tons
That’s quite a small hill of thorium surely?
Why does Kuantan folks have to accept this radioactive by product?
Why does Lynas not ship back 120 metric tons of thorium per year back to Australia?
Why Australia does not want to accept the radioactive waste and Malaysia now have to accept it?
Lynas gets away with bringing the concentrated rare earth into Malaysia as non-radioactive material. Then after processing, the thorium as a radioactive waste by-product is left in Kuantan.
How can the DG of AELB miss the fact that the rare earth ore is not the same as the tailings after processing!!! The ore may have 0.16% thorium, but the waste product is surely thorium, as pure as can be.
STOP LYNAS! SAVE MALAYSIA.