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Let’s de-politicise the Lynas issue by Stop Lynas Coalition and its reply by Dr. Looi in The Sunday Daily

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THE majority of us anti-Lynas people feel offended by the insistence that the issue is politicised. I wish to raise three main issues in this letter and request that the government gives them befitting consideration so that we can de-politicise this Lynas issue.

The radiation risk

The radiation safety aspect of LAMP (Lynas Advanced Material Plant) is legitimised by the IAEA’s (International Atomic Energy Agency) review. However, increasing number of scientific literature points to a strong possibility that the IAEA model may have underestimated the risk of internal emitters, which are radioactive sources that are inhaled or ingested. This hypothesis is not merely based on correlation type studies, but is backed with sound scientific reasoning.

Thorium accumulates in the body. According to the “Radiological and Chemical Fact Sheets to Support Health Risk Analyses for Contamination”, about 0.02% to 0.05% of ingested thorium is dissolved in the bloodstream, and subsequently deposited mainly in the bones where the radioactive source becomes embedded within the bone tissue for a few decades. We are unsure exactly how much the body retains thorium from inhalation, but we know that “thorium is taken up in the body much more […]