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2 Feb 2012

Florence Looi, Al Jazeera

[video] Rare-earths plant in Malaysia faces hurdle

A Malaysian group representing villagers and civil groups will file a legal challenge to the government's decision to approve a massive rare-earths plant by Lynas, the Australian mining company .The Atomic Energy Licensing Board announced...it would grant Lynas a licence to operate the first refinery outside China in years, despite public protests in Malaysia over fears of radioactive pollution. It said Lynas must submit plans for a permanent disposal facility within 10 months and make a $50m financial guarantee. The Malaysian government hopes the Lynas plant will spur growth. But the project has been the subject of fierce protests over health and environmental risks posed by potential leaks of radioactive waste. [Transcript]: Lynas says, It recognises its responsibility to operate the plant is a safe and sustainable manner.

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Malaysia: Al Jazeera video highlights environmental & livelihood concerns raised by villagers amid govt. approval of Lynas "rare earths" refinery - company says it will operate in safe manner

Malaysia: Concerns over health & environmental impacts of Lynas rare earths mining & refinery