Rare earth storage facility in Perak undergoing disposal process
KUALA LUMPUR, June 18 — The nuclear waste long-term storage facility owned by Asian Rare Earth (ARE) in Perak is in the midst of a liquidation and disposal process.
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili (picture) said the facility was supervised and managed by ARE in terms of radiological inspection, liquidation and disposal while its safety was safeguarded by the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB).
“The ministry was informed of the New Repository Agreement between the Perak government and ARE signed on January 31, 2003.
“ARE has proposed to return the storage facility to the state government after the disposal process is completed. The agreement, however, does not involve the ministry,” he said in a written reply to Fong Po Kuan (DAP-Batu Gajah) at the Dewan Rakyat today.
Ongkili said AELB had set a condition for the site to be managed and monitored for 300 years to ensure the area was environmentally and medically safe. — Bernama