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Malaysia grants full license to rare earths mining company Lynas despite protests against its health & environmental impacts

“Lynas Corp wins full mining licence in Malaysia despite protests”, 3 September 2014

Protesters against the Lynas Advanced Material Plant operating in Kuantan, Malaysia face bleak days ahead after the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) granted the controversial plant a Full Operating State Licence after the Temporary Operating Licence (TOL) issued in 2012 expired…Activist groups…have been urging the company to reveal the location of its waste disposal facility…The groups have been fighting against toxic and radioactive wastes from the plant which they claim to be posing health threats to the local community. The location of waste disposal facility has been undisclosed up to this time…Amin [Abdullah, corporate communications manager of Lynas Malaysia said]…“We are pleased to inform that Lynas complies with all relevant National and International regulations & standards set by IAEA, AELB, DOE etc”…The AELB issued the two-year TOL to Lynas on Sept 3, 2012 with five conditions, including disclosure of the PDF of the radioactive waste…

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