An IAEA panel has concluded that there is no instance of any non-compliance with international radiation safety standards at the Lynas plant under construction in Gebeng near Kuantan.
But the panel came up with 11 recommendations for the company to implement. This could delay the plant for years, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Also check out the safety concerns expressed in a New York Times report on the plant and the Lynas CEO’s rebuttal.
Blog visitor Philip Khoo makes an important point:
On the very first page of the report there are these sentences: “At the time of the review mission, Lynas had obtained a construction licence for the rare earths processing facility and about 40% of the construction had been completed. For clarity, the review team emphasizes that the project documentation made available to it for review was related to this licensing phase only. The review carried out by the review team is not intended nor considered to be sufficient for the next licensing phases.”
Note the last sentence — “The review…is NOT intended nor considered to be sufficient for the next licensing phases”.
Note also the point in the report about long-term storage of wastes — which the IEAE report noted would be for 1,500 years.