Its waste will not be permanently stored in an underground facility. Next month, Chow and his friends plan to shave their heads in protest. But in it cut exports by 35 percent in order to keep the valuable metals for its own manufacturers. Then, in , Molycorp executives decided to try to get the plant up and running again. I track down an engineer who worked on the Kuantan plant; he agrees to speak with me if given anonymity.
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The elements used to power all our high-tech gadgets come from a very dirty industry in which rich nations extract the good stuff from the earth—and leave poor countries to clean up the mess. Thorium and other waste solids are mixed into a cementlike substance, which workers spread out in layers over a acre pit lined with high-density polyethylene. That testing could not be completed within the project timescale. In print. I wonder if radiation fears will hurt tourism. The images in the slideshow below, from the awesome PeriodicTable. It was overturned by the Supreme Court, but Asian Rare Earth had had enough, and it pulled out of Bukit Merah and shut down operations entirely.
Chronology of events in the Bukit Merah Asian Rare Earth development
The problems led AkzoNobel, a Dutch company that Lynas had contracted to create the linings for the tanks, to pull out of the project, a story that the New York Times broke early this year. Both monazite and the waste contain thorium, which has a half-life of Welcome back, Your subscription expires on. Any questions?
The previous government, which had ruled Malaysia since it gained independence from Britain in , backed Lynas despite public opposition and also granted the company a year tax holiday. You will receive emails containing news content , updates and promotions from The New York Times. About 60 people are rounded up by police. The problems led AkzoNobel, a Dutch company that Lynas had contracted to create the linings for the tanks, to pull out of the project, a story that the New York Times broke early this year. The waste, incidentally, is not amang but contains thorium hydroxide.