Outrage over Lynas approval




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One of the most vocal opponents to Lynas Corporation’s plans in Malaysia says it is "outraged and appalled" by the Government’s decision to grant Lynas a temporary operating licence.

Yesterday Malaysia’s Atomic Energy Licencing Board granted Lynas approval for its processing plan in Kuantan, based on several conditions.

On the back of the announcement Lynas executive chairman Nicholas Curtis said in a statement the company had respected the Government’s approval process.

"Lynas recognises its responsibility to the community to operate the plant in a safe and sustainable manner," he said.

Save Malaysia Stop Lynas chairperson Tan Bun Teet yesterday said the AELB had "totally ignored the concerns and comments provided by the public".

Tan said the AELB had "failed abysmally" as a regulator.

SMSL said it would be taking legal action to attempt to stop Lynas’s operations in Malaysia.

It also said it would be campaigning against the current Government at the upcoming election.

Malaysia‘s political opposition has previously vowed to scrap Lynas’s plans if it wins the upcoming election.

Part of the conditions imposed by the AELB on Lynas included making sure the company provided a permanent disposal facility and paid the Government a $50 million security bond.

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