Malaysian Government Releases IAEA Report on Lynas Project
Members of an international expert safety team organized by the IAEA visit the Lynas Project, a rare earth processing facility under construction in Malaysia. (Photo: H. Kajander/IAEA)
- Story Resources
- Video: Malaysia Mission Report - Lynas Project, 30 June 2011
- Malaysia Mission Report: Lynas Project
- IAEA Submits Lynas Report to Malaysian Government, 29 June 2011
- IAEA Concludes Review Mission in Malaysia, 23 June 2011
- Malaysia and IAEA Director General Plan Expert Mission on Radiological Safety, 3 May 2011
- Exposure to Radiation from Natural Sources
- Environmental Assessment
- Transport Safety
- Waste Management
- IAEA Department of Technical Cooperation
- IAEA Department of Nuclear Safety and Security
- IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy
- Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology
- Asian Network for Education in Nuclear Technology (ANENT)
- In Focus: Strengthening Safety at Nuclear Facilities
- IAEA Fact Sheet: Malaysia
On 30 June 2011, the Malaysian Government presented to the press and the public in Kuala Lumpur the final report of an IAEA expert mission that reviewed radiation safety at the Lynas Project, a rare earth processing facility under construction near Kuantan in Pahang state to the Malaysian Government.
The final report can be accessed here.
The report was submitted by the IAEA to the Malaysian Government on 28 June 2011 and follows a week-long mission undertaken from 30 May until 3 June 2011 by ten international experts, which included technical meetings and numerous sessions to gather public views and hear concerns about the facility.
The review team also met Lynas Project staff and visited the construction site.
On 3 May 2011, a high-level delegation representing the Malaysian government met IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano to request the Agency to organize an independent panel of international experts to review the radiation health and safety aspects of the Lynas Project.
Support for the international expert mission to review the Lynas Project was provided through the IAEA Technical Cooperation Programme, and focused on the project's compliance with relevant international Safety Standards and Good Practices, and as well as providing an independent expert opinion on the radiological safety aspects of the Lynas Project.
The members of the independent, international expert team are knowledgeable in IAEA Safety Standards and have broad professional experience in their respective disciplines, in particular those radiological safety aspects related to rare earth processing and Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials, as well as regulatory control, radiation protection for workers, the public and the environment, in addition to expertise in safety assessments, waste management, environmental monitoring and surveillance, decommissioning and environmental remediation and transport safety.
Malaysia actively participates in the Asian Nuclear Safety Network and strongly supports the Network as the main instrument to improve nuclear safety in the region.
See Story Resources for more information.
-- By Peter Kaiser, IAEA Division of Public Information
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