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Lynas reiterates call for scientific-based decision

An employee at work in Lynas' processing plant in Gebeng, Kuantan

An employee at work in Lynas' processing plant in Gebeng, Kuantan

Shaira Idris
Written by Shaira Idris

KUALA LUMPUR — July 23, 2019: Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd has reiterated its call for decision about the company’s rare earth operations to be based on scientific findings.

In a statement today, Lynas pointed out that the government’s scientific executive review committee had last year found that its operations were low risk, compliant with relevant regulations, and that its residue storage facilities were operated in a proper manner.

Lynas managing director and vice-president Datuk Mashal Ahmad, in the statement, said the committee’s findings were made after a thorough review process as well as meetings with a range of regulators and stakeholders, including anti-Lynas activists.

The committee’s findings were also consistent with several other reviews, including those by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and a Parliamentary Select Committee.

“After so many independent and scientific reviews, it is disappointing that the anti-Lynas activists continue to make accusations that are factually incorrect and unsupported by any data with the intention of misleading the Malaysian people,” said Mashal.

“Lynas is committed to being safe for its people, its communities and the environment. Claims about effects of Lynas on groundwater have been proven to be false by the experts and regulators and any future requirement for remediation is fully funded.

“Lynas’ operations were not an election issue in GE14 (14th general election last year) – even the anti-Lynas activists acknowledged this at that time,” he added.

Mashal appealed to the public not to be influenced by the anti-Lynas campaign as all of the company’s health, safety and environmental obligations have been ensured.

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