The pilot project for the proposed mining and beneficiation of lanthanide element ion-adsorption deposit on a total area of about 5,339 acres (2,161) Ha in Mukim Kenering, Daerah Hulu Perak, Perak Darul Ridzuan is set to start very soon. The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report was available for public review in August 2021 and it was approved on 11 May 2022 despite its serious flaws.
As reported in the EIA, the project is located within Environmentally Sensitive Area (ESA) Rank 1 under the National Physical Plan (NPP), drawn up under the Town and Country Planning Act 1976. The project site is also part of Central Forest Spine 1 – Primary Linkage 8 (CFS1-PL8), which links Kenderong Forest Reserve, Bintang Hijau (Hulu Perak) Forest Reserve and Belukar Semang Forest Reserve.
This project should be stopped at all costs. The reasons are contained within this briefing document and you can access it here.