Posted: 08 Mar 2012 01:03 AM PST
The site where the waste from the Asian Rare Earth (ARE) plant in Bukit Merah, Perak is currently stored is safe enough to be turned into a recreational park.
According to AELB director-general Raja Abdul Aziz Raja Adnan, this can be done for the Bukit Kledang waste disposal sight after it has been completely sealed, a move scheduled for next year.
"(The authorities) can turn into a park, a forest reserve or a recreational place. It's no problem. There is no prohibition," he told reporters at the AELB briefing.
According to Raja Abdul Aziz, the 16 hectare disposal site consist of two engineered cells.
The first engineered cell is used to bury the original components and structure of the ARE under two meters of soil and sealed with concrete.
The second engineered cell will be used for the actual processed waste from the ARE, which was previously stored in chemical safe oil drums in the same site.
The waste will be "stabled" into a concrete matrix to make it "behave like rock"
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