Green Ban on Rare Earth Exports to Malaysia

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  • recipient: Western Australian and Australian Federal politicians  - 3000 people have already signed the petition, the campaign is growing so we are moving to Care2 so we can reach our goal of 50,000 signatures

Call on Australian politicians to place a BAN ON ALL RARE EARTH EXPORTS from Lynas Corporations Mount Weld operation to Gebeng, Kuantan, Malaysia.

Rare Earths are used in our iphones, laptops, flat screen TVs and wind turbines, but have you considered what the process involves to extract rare earths? Did you know there is potentially a radioactive fallout from rare earth processing?

Australian corporation Lynas wants to export rare earth from Fremantle, Western Australia to Gebeng, Kuantan in Malaysia to process the ore. But the proposed Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) has been imposed on local communities in Kuantan without their consent.

Touted as the largest rare earth refinery, the LAMP will use 720 tons of concentrated Hydrochloride Acid (sulphuric acid) per day and leave behind 28,000 tonnes of solid waste per year, enough to fill 126 olympic size swimming pools. A by-product of this waste is radioactive Thorium (Th) which is dangerous to human health.

There are approximately 700,000 people living within 30 km from the LAMP and it is located near coastal tourist resorts and an environmentally sensitive fishery area. Construction of the plant has begun in secrecy and ahead of proper environmental and waste management plan.

We are calling for Malaysian and Australian citizens, environmentalists, unionists, health professionals, business people and politicians to get behind the Stop Lynas! Campaign and stop Lynas Corporation from proceeding with their rare earth plant (Lynas Advanced Materials Plant-LAMP) in Gebeng, Kuantan.

"Malaysians are not against new, green technology that rare earth material supports. We just ask for these technology to be clean from cradle to grave, particularly when you are processing it in someone else's backyard."

Take Action! Stop Lynas!

We the undersigned,

Call on Western Australian and Federal Australian politicians to impose a Green Ban on the transportation and shipping of rare earth ore concentrate from the port of Fremantle to Kuantan, Malaysia.

We support the thousands of Malaysians who are opposing Australian rare earth miner, Lynas Corporation and their rare earth refinery in Kuantan. The Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) poses too many threats to the local community and surrounding environments.

Over 700,000 residents are living within a 30km radius from the LAMP. The plant will require a massive amount of water and acid for processing the rare earth and will produce toxic waste including solid, gas and liquid substances. Like all Australian’s I would not like to live near a plant that would produce 91,600m3 of waste every year which containing hazardous and radioactive elements.

We do not want to see an Australian corporation impose this on other communities who have not consented to the development

We do not support rare earth ore concentrate being transported through Western Australia and exported from the port of Fremantle to Kuantan, Malaysia, and again call on Western Australian and Federal Australian politicians to impose a green ban on any Lynas rare earth exports.

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