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INTRODUCTION Bauxite mining is not known to most Malaysian except recently due to environmental pollution issues in Kuantan, Pahang. Potential impacts are expected to go beyond physical environment and physical illness if the situation is not controlled. Loss of economic potentials, and the presence of unpleasant red dust causing mental distress, anger and community outrage. More studies are needed to associate it with chronic physical illness. While evidences are vital for action, merely waiting for a disease to occur is a sign of failure in prevention. All responsible agencies should focus on a wider aspect of health determinants rather than merely on the occurrence of diseases to act and the need to emphasize on sustainable mining to ensure health of people is not compromised. Bauxite mining in Kuantan offers some exciting economic opportunities for various parties including individual land owners. Nevertheless, the “bauxite boom”; the extensive and uncontrolled mining activities have great potentials to cause adverse impacts on the environment, health and quality of life of the people living in the affected areas. Bauxite mining is not a new economic activity for Malaysia. The mining of bauxite has taken place in the state of Johor since early 2000. Whilst bauxite mining operation in Taluk Ramonita Johor has been operating for more than 15 years without much controversy, bauxite mining in Kuantan has created a different scenario within a short period of time. Extensive and aggressive mining which include transporting and stockpiling of bauxite in huge quantities cause environmental problems to emerge within a short period of time leading to community outrage.
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What is bauxite? It is an aluminum ore and the world's main source of aluminum. Not a mineral itself, it is a rock comprised mostly of aluminum hydroxide, typically alongside small amounts of silica, iron oxide and other impurities. It is used mostly to make aluminum but other uses include making sandpaper, polishing powders, and in hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking", gas and oil from shale rock. There are plentiful reserves of it, which should allow hundreds of years' more use even before recycling is taken into account. The top producers are Australia, China, Brazil and India. Commonly found near the surface, it is typically strip-mined - a practice sometimes criticized for its environmental impact. The subsequent production of aluminum involves electrolysis and is usually located in countries where electricity is cheap, such as Iceland.
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POTENTIAL IMPACT The health of people and the health of the planet that we live in are inextricably linked. Destruction of our habitat threatens our access to the most fundamental requisites for human existence: safe water, clean air, safe food and shelter. Aggressive uncontrolled bauxite mining in Kuantan, if sustained over time will cause irreversible changes to the state of the environment that threatens the ecosystems. Because of
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  • Spring '18
  • Aswani
  • Pollution, Aluminium, Drinking water

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