The Malaysian town still haunted by radioactive pollution 30 years after rare earth refinery shut

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A rare earth processing plant in Bukit Merah, Malaysia was blamed for birth defects and leukaemia cases in the local community.

The plant, which was shut down in 1994, had no long-term waste facility, which resulted in radioactive waste leakage.

The parent company spent US$100m on the clean-up and donated to the local community in an out-of-court settlement. The radioactive contamination took years to clean up.

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