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Pahang to gazette industrial disposal site at Bukit Ketam

Ahirul Ahirudin
Written by Ahirul Ahirudin

KUALA LUMPUR – August 4, 2020: A portion of land in Bukit Ketam, about 32 kilometres north of Kuantan will be gazetted as a disposal site for industrial waste.

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin told parliament today that the Pahang government has initiated the move to gazette the 202.35 hectare of land for that purpose.

He was replying to Wong Tack (PH-Bentong) who asked about the construction of the permanent depository facility (PDF) of rare-earth manufacturer Lynas Corporation based in Gebeng, near Kuantan.

Khairy said Lynas will occupy 12 hectares of the site in Bukit Ketam after being given the greenlight to do so by the state.

He added that the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) had on July 28 approved the usage of the land for the construction of the PDF, subject to a radiological impact assessment, environmental impact assessment and other relevant assessments by local authorities.

All of the studies will be presented to the authorities for evaluation before approval for construction is given by AELB.

In response to another question on the buffer zone and area redevelopment, Khairy said the government will be relying on its past experience with the repository at Bukit Kledang in Perak.

For the repository, the buffer zone between it and public area is 1.7 kilometres. For clarity, the radioactive waste housed in Bukit Kledang was measured at 200 becquerel per gram while Lynas’ waste only measures at 6 becquerel per gram.

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