【禁闻】中共稀土“专家” 马来西亚遭炮轰

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【新唐人2011年8月8日讯】中国大陆的稀土污染极为严重,中共当局却出资支持三名稀土及辐射防护“专家”到马来西亚主讲三场“认识稀土说明会”,结果被马国民众炮轰抨击,尴尬收场。

8月3号至5号,马来西亚关丹州“海南会馆”、“客家公会”和“篮球公会”分别主办了三场“认识稀土说明会”。三名来自中国的主讲专家不断在会上强调,稀土废料辐射值安全,不会造成急性放射病,公众提出关于辐射污染可能引发的细胞病变及癌症风险问题,却不能获得合理解答,专家惨遭出席者当面“呛声”。

当地媒体报导说,“拯救大马委员会”副主席潘家耀当场以医生身份,质问专家之一夏益华是否拥有医学背景,因为在医学观点上,没有任何内部辐射被认为是安全的。他也对专家引用的数据存疑,认为数据没有医学根据,潘家耀扬言可以另寻医学数据与对方辩论。

此外,“海南会馆青年团”秘书方宗良,质问专家之一的赵亚民:是否有博士学位和化学工程背景,对方坦承没有博士学位,却拒绝回答是否拥有化工背景。

联办单位之一的“关丹客家公会”会长在第二晚离场时,遭到约50名反稀土民众在酒店门外包围抗议。主办单位在最后一场坚持凭票入场,严格过滤出席者。

根据《南洋商报》透露,主办单位只须负责专家住宿及津贴,其余费用由中共当局承担。

据了解,澳洲稀土巨头莱纳斯(Lynas),2008年获得许可证,在马来西亚彭亨关丹格宾工业区兴建一座全世界最大的稀土提炼厂,引来强力反对,主要是担心稀土废料辐射影响健康。不过,工程即将竣工。这是近三十年来,中国以外首间稀土提炼厂,将在今年九月投入运作。

马国民间对中共“专家”的抨击延烧到了“脸书”(Facebook),主办说明会的三个团体也遭殃。有网民质问:“如果有心探讨稀土厂的利与弊,为何不探讨讲座内容?那讲师根本没有诚意讲解稀土厂对人类健康带来的危机呀?一味讲安全,要不就讲不确定。”

耐人寻味的是,中国大陆的稀土污染极端严重,有什么资格来告诉马来西亚的民众稀土污染不是问题?

长期致力于稀土研究的专家、中国稀土学会学术部主任陈占恒指出,稀土开采首先要注重生态环境,但是中国的环保部门受地方政府部门制约,为了税收保护企业。

陈占恒:“大陆30多年工业化进程的太快,地方都为了发展经济,增加税收,促进就业,但把环境问题视而不见。还有一个放射性污染问题,应该相当大的重视才行,包头(市)就没有去治理,最近有报导癌症去世的。”

据报导,内蒙古包头市盛产稀土,“包钢”的排污加上稀土尾矿湖的污染,使得邻近几个村庄癌症患者激增。因为政府的补偿金太少,迁居后生活失去保障,污染最严重的5个村庄的村民拒绝搬迁。

在马来西亚的说明会上,出席民众也询问了包头市的情况,但三名声称来自内蒙古的专家却含糊带过。

而商务部对外贸易司工业品处处长晁宁表示,中国并非世界上唯一拥有稀土的国家,却在过去几十年承担了供应世界大多数稀土的角色,结果付出了破坏自身天然环境与消耗自身资源的代价。

据了解,稀土里含有铀和钍,焙烧过程中会生成焦硫酸土,按照规定,这些物质必须放到国家的放射性渣库中,企业需要为此付出每吨300元的使用费。很多中国企业不愿意花这部分的钱,就把焦硫酸土到处乱放。

在大陆,稀土尾矿堆积如山。大陆没有一家企业回收钍,过去几年谁回收,谁亏损。据专家指出,国营的稀土企业的回收率大约60%,个体企业的囘收少于40%,而在外国稀土回收率通常能达到80%。

新唐人记者吴惟、萧宇综合报导。

Rare Earth Experts Embarrassed in Malaysia

Rare earth pollution is very severe in mainland China.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) sponsored a trip
for three rare earth and radiation prevention experts to
to host three Rare Earth Cognition Briefings in Malaysia.
After being bombarded with questions by Malaysian people,
the three “experts” left the meeting totally embarrassed.

From August 3 to 5, three Rare Earth Cognition Briefings
were held in Kuantan, Malaysia, at the Thean Hou Temple.
The three Chinese experts constantly emphasized that
the radiation emitted by rare earth waste products
is within the normal range and
it cannot cause acute radiation sickness.
The public questioned their findings
with regards to the risk of cell mutation and cancer.
Unscientific answers were provided by the Chinese “experts”
thus putting them on the hot seat.

Local media reported that the Save Malaysia Committee
V.P. Dr. Pan questioned one Chinese experts, Xia Yihua,
whether he had a medical background.

Because from a medical point of view,
internal radiation has never been considered safe.
Dr. Pan was suspect of the Chinese experts’ data,
saying that no medical evidence existed to support their claims.
Pan called for a future debate with more detailed medical data.

Youth Section of Hainan Association secretary, Fang,
questioned one of the Chinese experts, Zhao Yamin,
whether he has a Ph.D. or chemistry engineering background.

Zhao admitted that he does not have a Ph.D. degree but
refused to say whether he had such a background.

One of the organizers for the event, the president of the
Kuantan Hakka Association, was surrounded by
50 anti-rare-earth protestors outside the hotel.
Event organizers strictly controlled access to the last briefing.

Nanyang Siang Pau revealed that the event organizers
only subsidized the lodging and travelling expenses
for the Chinese experts, as the rest was paid by the CCP.

Australian rare earth giant, Lynas, obtained a permit in 2008

to build the world’s largest rare earth refinery in Pahang,
Malaysia, in Gebeng Industrial Zone.
The project was strongly opposed due the public’s concerns
about radiation from rare earth waste,
However, the project is nearly completed
and will start operations in September.

Malaysians now criticize the CCP “experts” on Facebook.
The three organizers were also criticized.
Some netizens questioned, “If you want to discuss
the pro and cons of rare earth refineries,
why not talk about the briefings’ contents?

The presenters didn’t even want to talk about the risks
that the refinery would have on people’s health.
They only talk about safety issues,
or they were uncertain about things.”

“Rare earth pollution in mainland China is at an all-time high.

What right do they have to tell Malaysians
that rare earth pollution is not a problem?”

Rare earth expert, Dr. Chen Zhanheng from the
Academic Department of the Chinese Society of Rare Earths,
directly pointed out that
rare earth mining needs to focus on the environment.
But China’s environmental protection agency
is under the constraints of the local government,
which protects the corporations for their tax revenues.

Dr. Chen said, “Mainland China went through
rapid industrialization over the past 30 years,
with local governments ignoring environmental problems.

Only focusing on economic development, increasing taxes,
and promoting employment, will not work.
Radiation pollution needs much more attention from the CCP.
People are dying from radiation-induced cancer in Baotou.”

Baotou, in Inner Mongolia, is rich in rare earth deposits,
thus rare earth pollution.
This has caused a hike in cancer patients in surrounding towns.
And because the government provides minimal
medical compensation and no relocation compensation,
villagers from five villages refuse to move,
in order to not lose their living hood.

In the Malaysia briefing, an audience member asked
the three Chinese experts about
the environmental impact rare earth mining
has had on Baotou City.
The three experts, who claimed to be from Inner Mongolia,
provided very vague answers.

Director Chao Ning of the Ministry of Commerce’s
Foreign Trade Division said that
China is not the only country that has rare earth.

However, over the past 10 years, China has become
the world’s main exporter of rare earths,
at the cost of destroying the environment and
depleting its own natural resources.

Rare earth contains uranium, and thorium and
the refining process produces sulphuric acid as a by-product.
According to the law, these by-products must be stored
in a radioactive waste storehouse.
Corporation need to pay 300 RMB (US$45.00) per ton
to store these wastes.
Many Chinese corporations irresponsibly dispose
of the radioactive waste, in order to avoid the extra cost.

There is no corporation in China that recycles thorium,
as they would lose money by doing so.
Experts pointed out that state-owned rare earth corporations
recycle over 60 percent of the rare earths they produce,
while private companies recycle less than 40 percent
and foreign companies recycle about 80 percent.

NTD reporters Wu Wei and Xiao Yu

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