Lynas racks up another win against protesters

A Malaysian court has dismissed another attempt by environmental groups to shut down Lynas Corporation’s rare earths processing plant in Kuantan.

In a statement yesterday Lynas said while the court had dismissed the latest attempt to halt development, it was possible there would be further applications on the same issue.

Protest group Save Malaysia Stop Lynas led the action, claiming the plant would damage the environment and risk the health of nearby residents.

While an appeal has been set for November 30 Lynas said there were was nothing blocking the company from starting production by the end of the year.

“Lynas is committed to its objective of successfully transitioning to a rare earths producer and trusted supplier, with first feed to kiln expected by calendar year end,” it said.

The company’s rare earths plant in Malaysia processes ore from its Mt Weld mine in Western Australia.

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