BATU GAJAH: The rare earth waste repository in Papan poses no threat to the nearby community, says Perak's Mentri Besar Incorporated (MB Inc).
Following a briefing by MB Inc, Perak Mentri Besar's press secretary Adie Suri Zulkefli said the facility was safe.
He said MB Inc monitors and carries out scheduled tests to ensure that there is no harmful pollution in the area.
On claims that the site was last checked in 2017, Adie said he understood that the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) had carried out a visit a few days ago.
He also said MB Inc had declared the repository as a controlled area for security reasons and not due to any perceived threat of harmful radiation.
"It is to protect the site from external factors or sabotage.
"MB Inc is serious and committed to protecting the site to ensure that nothing is compromised," he added.
The briefing was held in response to several claims on social media regarding cracks found on the bunker where the waste was being kept and that some houses were located within the 1.7km radius buffer zone.
On the buffer zone, Adie said the radius was proposed by the AELB for security purposes and that this was not related to radiation effects.
"In truth, only 200m is needed and the previous government had approved 500m," he said.
Adie also said MB Inc had gone beyond its responsibilities.
"The monitoring system they are using here is for nuclear plants. This repository is not even a nuclear site," he said.
"It shows how seriously MB Inc is taking its job," he added.