Carles Calls on Government to Release Lynas Plans Immediately
Fremantle Independent MP Adele Carles is calling on the State Government to immediately release the latest Radiation Management Plan to the public and to reveal when Lynas shipments will begin through Fremantle.
“This plan was approved behind closed doors over Christmas and it has not been released to the public. We do not even know if the shipments have started through Fremantle yet. It is unbelievable that a controversial proposal like this is being shrouded in secrecy” says Ms Carles.
“Secrecy has shrouded this project from the outset and the public has a right to know what is going on” says Ms Carles. Ms Carles recently queried the Lynas consultation process in Parliament, with Bill Marmion confirming that there has been no public consultation on this plan and that there is no right of appeal.
“The rare earths are artificially concentrated on site near Laverton where the tailings are already classified as radioactive material. Even more concerning is that the concentrated product will be 3.4 times more radioactive than the tailings and it is this concentrate that will be in unmarked trucks on Perth suburban streets” says Ms Carles.
“Fremantle Port is not the appropriate Port for Lynas. It was never designed for modern bulk mineral export activity and there is no buffer zone to residential areas” Ms Carles says.
Thousands of Malaysian people have protested about this plan and the Atomic licencing board has now flagged returning the radioactive waste to “the original source” i.e. Western Australia.
BackgroundLynas Corporation intends exporting 33,000 tonnes per annum of Rare Earth concentrate from its Mount Weld mine near Laverton, by trucking it to Fremantle and then shipping it to the town of Kuantan on the east coast of Malaysia for refining. The initial deal was for Lynas to transport its product on rail via Esperance. The mine is expected to operate for at least 20 years. The Rare Earth ores are higher in radioactivity than normal soils and typically contain low levels of radioactive elements thorium and uranium.