KUALA LUMPUR – December 6, 2018: PAS is asking the government to be more consistent in handling the Lynas Gebeng plant issue, especially concerning its operations.
In a press statement today, PAS information chief Nasrudin Hassan alluded to a possible conflict between Lynas and Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change as reported by The Edge financial daily.
According to that report, Lynas claimed that the ministry’s policy is based on politics and less on scientific findings.
In this regards, Nasrudin echoed Lynas by pointing out that there is inconsistency with the recommendation by executive committee tasked to review Lynas and the decisions made by the ministry.
The ministry’s decision to request residues to be returned to Australia is inconsistent with the recommendations of the review for Lynas to identify a location and provide a permanent disposal facility (PDF) for the water leached purification residue (WLP), said PAS.
“If the location is not approved, then only will Lynas need to remove the WLP residue,” wrote Nasrudin.
The ministry has decided on pre-conditions on future licensing and permission renewals for the Lynas plant, including the removal of accumulated radioactive wastes from the country.
The share price of the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX)-listed Lynas Corp. Ltd. slumped 22.4 per cent or 47 cents (RM1.42) to A$1.65 yesterday, following the ministry’s announcement.