Lynas responds to legal action

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Lynas Corporation says there is no basis to the legal challenge it’s been served with over its Malaysian rare earths processing plant.

In a statement today Lynas said court proceedings had recently been filed against it, the Malaysia Atomic Energy Licensing Board, and the Malaysian Department of Environment.

"The applicants in the proceedings are a group of individuals who live in the region where the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) is being constructed," it said.

The proceedings are seeking the court’s permission to review the AELB’s decision to grant Lynas a temporary operating licence over the plant.

The LAMP is a controversial issue in Malaysian politics and has been the subject of significant community opposition.

Locals in the region fear their health and the environment will be put at risk by the LAMP.

After the granting of the licence earlier this year protestors said they were "outraged and appalled" by the Government’s decision.

Save Malaysia Stop Lynas chairperson Tan Bun Teet said the AELB had "failed abysmally" as a regulator.

Protest groups have long threatened legal action over the LAMP if their demands were not met by the Malaysian Government.

Today Lynas again reassured the community and investors its plant was safe and had undergone rigorous environmental and health testing.

"Lynas has complied, and will continue to comply, with the requirements of the Malaysian Government regulatory authorities in relation to the LAMP," it said.

"While Lynas respects the concerns of members of the community, it does not believe there is any basis for the claims made in the proceedings."

"Lynas will take the necessary steps to vigorously protect its interests in relation to the orders sought in the proceedings."

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