“We don’t want your radioactive pollution!”

“We don’t want your radioactive pollution!”

Kuantan : Malaysia | Mar 01, 2012 at 10:09 AM PST
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Radioactive mineral in a Romanian museum
Thousands of green-clad protesters took to the streets in the eastern Malaysian city of Kuantan on Tuesday to protest against the construction of an Australian rare earth minerals treatment plant, whose activities they worry will severely pollute their region. The construction of the plant by Australian mining company Lynas is nearly complete. When it is done, it will be the biggest rare earth mineral treatment plant in the world. The minerals are an indispensable component of many high-tech products like cell phones, missiles, electric cars, and wind turbines. However, in their raw state, they are radioactive, and their extraction and treatment is a highly polluting process.
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