The controversial rare earth plant that is being built in Gebeng, Kuantan has been making headlines in the news these few days. So, what is actually Rare Earth? IUPAC defined rare earth as elements or rare earth metals are a set of seventeen chemical elements in the periodic table, specifically the 15 lanthanide plus scandium and yttrium. Rare earth elements are scattered around the earth crust and are normally not found in concentrated area. Thus, due to this scarcity, the name rare earth came about.
There is great demand for rare earth especially in the electronic industry. It is widely used in computer memory, car catalytic converter, fluorescent lights, mobile phones, night vision goggles, hard alloy for military usage and in many more modern devices. China is the largest producer of rare earth but due to tight export control, many companies are finding alternative location in other countries to set up their plant.
Many residents in Kuantan are voicing their disapproval and concern over the Rare Earth plant being built in Gebeng. I love the sea areas in the east coast, so I hope they can keep these places free from contamination!
How will the radioactive and waste generated effect our health?
How well can our DOE monitor the radiation emission?
Do our DOE have the right equipment to monitor and check the waste produced?
Can they guarantee 100% that the plant is safe? Words only, don’t count!
What say you?