Sunday, April 10, 2011

How will Rare Earth Processing Plant Effect Us?

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!

Questions!
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?

10 comments:

HalfCrazy said...

As usual with the progress of industrialization, if the radioactivity is not THAT high, then it will most likely be ignored. Unless there is public awareness.

Jean said...

hmmm...i never believe anything that says 100%

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suituapui said...

In Kuantan eh? Good, good... At one time, they said they wanted it in Sarawak. No, thank you. Keep it far, far away from us. LOL!!!

Christine said...

first I'm hearing about rare earth. We are slowly destroying our world in the name of 'progress'

Caroline Ng May Ling said...

am not going to believe on this for sure! :/

p/s : ur blog background look so nice~! ;)

Yvonne said...

Rare Earth, hmm, this is a rare name to me. Never heard of it, but I'm not supporting anything that will bring harm to our earth.

umihoney said...

Hi Pete,
What is the effect of low dosage and high dosage..low dosage over time would ultimately equate high dosage would it not.
Japan is still struggling and they are way way advanced technologically,scientifically and what have you. I am not putting us down but just being realistic. We have so much problem getting info on the haze year in year out.Idk,this is so bizarre.

Web Design Company said...

Japan has been struggling now with the radio activity. All must be aware of the disadvantages of it. Its the responsibility of all the humans to stop pollution & also radioactivity.

Hayley said...

I believe the power of radioactive.. better dont risk our life with it...

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