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Bee Yin confirms government’s decision to let Lynas stays

Yeo Bee Yin

Yeo Bee Yin

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 3 2019 : Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin today said the government has decided to allow Lynas Malaysia to continue its rare-earth processing operation in the country without having to send its residue overseas. 

Yeo, who previously insisted that the Australian mining firm must repatriate its waste said the government will let Lynas explore a permanent disposal facility (PDF) in the country as an option for its residue management.

She, however, insisted that the Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) government’s move is a superior solution to the present situation.

“What I can say is that the decision that has been made by the Cabinet is not the most ideal solution for me but it is far better than the status quo.

“The Cabinet’s decision will be announced in detail no later than Aug 15. This is because what was announced by the prime minister is only partial,” she said, as quoted by MalayMail, after officiating the National Science Week at the Pustaka Raja Tun Uda in Shah Alam.

Yeo’s ministry had previously required Lynas to repatriate its water leach purification (WLP) residue as a precondition for its licence renewal due by September 1.

Meanwhile, Lynas, in an announcement today said it has deposited RM175 million required by the government for a long-term waste solution.

The opposition against the Lynas rare-earth refinery in Kuantan was among platforms PH had used to garner public support before the last two general elections in 2013 and last year.

Anti-Lynas campaigners, led by several prominent PH leaders had promoted the idea that rare-earth processing in the country pose extreme risk to the public and environment.

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