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Bee Yin postpones meeting with Australia on Lynas waste

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KUALA LUMPUR, June 19 2019 : Malaysia’s energy and environment minister has delayed a visit to Australia to discuss rare earth miner Lynas Corp’s storage of waste in the Southeast Asian nation, according to a ministry spokeswoman.

The trip, initially scheduled for this week, has been postponed “pending further developments”, the spokeswoman said today.

Minister Yeo Bee Yin was due to meet Bill Johnston, Western Australia state’s minister for mines tomorrow to discuss the removal of the waste from Malaysia.

Johnston said Western Australia will not accept the waste, Australian media reported earlier this month.

Australia-listed Lynas, the only significant producer of rare earths outside of China, is waiting on renewal of the operating licence for its $800-million Malaysian processing plant. The licence expires in September.
 
Malaysia’s environment ministry had set conditions in December for Lynas to remove its waste stockpiles before it would renew its operating licence.

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said last month that Lynas will be allowed to keep operating in Malaysia.

The Malaysian environment ministry has said it wants to discuss ways to manage the low-level radioactive residue produced by Lynas at its rare earth processing plant. – Reuters

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