Australian rare earths miner Lynas Corporation sparks fresh anger in Malaysia

Kate Arnott for Newsline
Updated 9 October 2013, 15:42 AEST

Australian rare earths miner Lynas Corporation is refusing to publicly disclose the location of a permanent waste storage facility for its processing plant in Malaysia.

Earlier this year, Lynas started commercial production of rare earths, which are used in a wide range of high tech equipment, but the plant on the east coast of peninsular Malaysia has been plagued by operational problems.

For three years, environmentalists and residents have kept up the heat on the plant, and in the latest move, a delegation of residents and environmentalists travelled to the national Parliament in Kuala Lumpur.

Tan Bun Teet from the group, Save Malaysia Stop Lynas wanted to deliver a note to the Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, demanding the company’s temporary operating licence be revoked and the plant shut down.

“He is supposed to represent the interests of the people and not Lynas,” he said.

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