Sunday, March 17, 2013

Gov't cyanide standards wrong, says Bkt Koman group

 
An environmental group wants the government to issue a stop work order on the Bukit Koman gold mine, rejecting claims that the hydrogen cyanide emissions in the town are within safe levels as the government is using the wrong standards.

Pahang Raub Ban Cyanide in Gold Mining Action Committee (BCAC) argued today that the Department of Environment's (DOE) claim that the emissions from the Raub Australian Gold Mining Sdn Bhd were safe were based on the wrong standards.

"According to the DOE ambient air monitoring exercise conducted daily since January 2013, hydrogen cyanide as high as 1.15 parts per million (ppm) has been detected in the ambient air in Bukit Koman.

NONE"This is more than 38 times higher than the maximum permissible limit of New York, USA (0.03ppm), Czech Republic (0.007ppm) and Russia (0.009ppm).

"This has clearly showed that the residents of Bukit Koman are continuously exposed to hazardous hydrogen cyanide gas at a concentration far exceeding the safety level," said the group in a statement today.

They were responding to the DOE's claims reported in The Malay Mail yesterday that the air in the Bukit Koman area was safe and that the department was monitoring the air quality regularly.

 Difference in monitoring questioned
"DOE also stated that the hydrogen cyanide concentration is within the safe level as long as it does not breach the maximum permissible levels of 10ppm and 4.7ppm.

They pointed out that the two standards adopted by the DOE are not for residential areas, but for mine workers, and slammed the department for not coming clean on the matter.

"Both of the standards are not to be used for ambient air in a residential setting," they said, adding that workers are exposed only for a limited time, while residents are exposed 24 hours a day.

‘DOE should not use (the present) standards to mislead the public and create a false impression that the air we breathe in Bukit Koman is safe. It is not," they said.

They also argued that the air quality monitoring period was limited to 15 hours a day rather than continuously.

"Currently DOE only monitors the ambient air from 9am till 3am, and skips the early morning period where a lot of residents always complain of detecting a strong chemical odour.

"We must be aware that hydrogen cyanide is not listed as a parameter in the Malaysia Ambient Air Quality Standard (MAAQS) precisely because it should not be detected in the ambient air at all," they added.

The group demanded that:

1. An immediate stop work order be issued to allow a full investigation into the extent of environmental contamination allegedly caused by the gold mining operations.

2. For the DOE to disclose the complete records of its air monitoring devices, that includes details of other contaminants.

3. An extension of the monitoring period to 24 hours.

4. A revision of existing MAAQS and other related environmental regulations with a view to ban cyanide use in gold mining.

"According to the earlier statements made by Pahang exco member Hoh Khai Mun, he shall take action against Raub Australian Gold Mining once any hydrogen cyanide content was detected in the ambient air.

"Based on the current DOE ambient air monitoring report, we demand Hoh that act on his promise and hence take immediate action against Raub Australian Gold Mining," the group added.

Raub Australian Gold Mining has ,however, denied all allegations and has taken individual activists and the press, including Malaysiakini, which reported the matter to court, alleging defamation.

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/224067
 
反山埃会指空污证据确凿
促政府向金矿厂发停工令

针对环境局前天声称武吉公满空气所含山埃气体(HCN)浓度处于安全水平的说法,反山埃委员会今天加以驳斥,强调劳勿空气污染证据确凿,因此当局应立即发出停工令。

它表示,政府应该采取必要行动,阻止金矿公司运作,以免继续释放出有害居民健康的化学污染物。

“彭亨州行政议员(地方政府、环境、卫生委员会主席)何启文曾在2009年保证,‘如果证实空气中拥有山埃成分,将采取行动对付该工厂’。现在环境局已证实空气中出现山埃气体并且严重超标!所以我们要求他兑现承诺,马上采取行动对付劳勿澳洲金矿公司。”

“环境局应进一步调查有关污染化学物对环境和村民的健康影响,并采取相关步骤来修复环境和赔偿健康受损的居民。”

延测量时间并公布结果

反山埃委员会在今天文告要求环境局,透明地全面公布空气测量仪器(Gasmet DX4040)测量到空气中的所有污染物质的记录,包括对皮肤有刺激性和腐蚀性的有毒气体:二氧化硫。

“环境局必须将现有的15小时的测量时间延长到24小时,全天候探测空气中的污染物质。”

它说明,环境局现有的测量时段是从早上9时至凌晨3时,居民较常嗅到化学异味的清晨时段,环境局却没有进行任何探测。

修改大马空气素质法令

“由于风向因素也会导致空气探测报告出现偏差,所以本会促请环境局在金矿周边地区装置更多的测量器以提升报告的准确性。”

反山埃委员会也敦促环境局,全面检讨马来西亚空气素质法令((Malaysia Ambient Air Quality Standard)和相关的法令,并禁止山埃采金,以确保有效的保护环境和人民的健康。

山埃气浓度超标逾38倍

《马来邮报》于2013年2月14日报导,环境局宣称武吉公满空气中的山埃气体(HCN)的浓度是处于安全水平。

对此,反山埃委员会驳斥相关说法,并指出环境局所进行的空气探测数据显示,劳勿武吉公满山埃气体(HCN)浓度高达1.15ppm,远高于其他国家的环境空气素质标准:捷克(0.00724ppm)、苏联(0.00905ppm),以及纽约(0.03ppm)。

“这清楚说明彭亨州劳勿县武吉公满新村的空气已被污染以及这地区的山埃气体浓度已经严重的超标,甚至已超过大城市纽约的标准38倍以上。”

居民长期受山埃气毒害

反山埃委员会也指出,美国加州环境健康危害协会办公室研究(OEHHA)研究证实,长期暴露高于0.008ppm的山埃气体将会影响中枢神经系统,造成甲状腺肿大以及导致血液系统疾病。

“在环境局于2月14日给都赖区州议员办公室的回函中,环境局也证实一月份在武吉公满进行每日15小时的空气探测结果显示,山埃气体(氢化氰)每日平均浓 度为0.32ppm - 0.85ppm。亦即证明武吉公满和周边地区居民每日长期暴露在山埃气体,居民的健康受到严重威胁。”

反山埃委员会表示,环境局宣称,只要山埃气体指数不超过4.7ppm和10ppm就是安全的。4.7ppm是大马工业安全局(DOSH)的工业安全指标,而10ppm的限制则是参考西澳洲矿物与能源局的西澳洲山埃管理准则。

住宅设定比工业高两倍

“环境局荒谬地在住宅区设定比工业安全指标超2.1倍的标准!这是误导人民的反逻辑作法。”

“我们坚决认为这两项标准并不适用于长时间24小时暴露于山埃气体的村民身上。虽然现有的马来西亚空气素质法令(MAAQS)没概括山埃气体,但不代表环 境局可以误导性引用工业标准来取代环境空气标准和沿用错误的标准误导宣称武吉公满空气中的山埃气体浓度是处于安全水平。”

“再说,环境局并未透明化地全面公布空气中的其它污染物质的探测结果,包括对皮肤有刺激性和腐蚀性的有毒气体——二氧化硫。金矿已经运作了四年,因此我们有理由怀疑长年累月暴露于空气中的污染物质可能正是导致居民健康受损的原因之一。”

金矿厂否认令居民患病

反山埃委员会指控,自从劳勿澳洲金矿公司在2009年开始在当地使用山埃采金,劳勿当地居民的健康就频频出现状况,而他们也曾在去年6月发布一项调查,指将近80%周遭居民面对至少一种健康问题,怀疑是山埃采金问题所致。

无论如何,卫生部驳斥这项指控,指该部初步调查仅发现30%居民出现皮肤问题,并且不排除是其他因素所致。

卫生部随后在压力下于去年7月同意与反山埃委员会一起成立一个联合调查小组,以找出真相。该调查研究小组须由反山埃委员会提名的数位专家及卫生部的内部研究员联合组成。

劳勿澳洲金矿公司也矢口否认山埃采金导致周遭居民患病的指控,并且已经入禀法庭起诉报道居民健康调查报告的《当今大马》等网络媒体诽谤。

其职员更曾在去年902劳勿绿色盛会当天带领特定媒体参观金矿,并归咎武吉公满居民的健康问题是因为他们务农所使用的废料或杀虫剂所致。

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/224086

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