Friday, 7 September 2012

Opponents of Malaysia Rare Earth Plant Promise to Protest

Malaysia on Herald Tribune

 KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Opponents of a rare earth refinery in Malaysia refused to back down Thursday after the authorities gave the Australian company behind the project the approval to proceed.
One group, Himpunan Hijau, has vowed to blockade the port in the Malaysian town of Kuantan, near the plant, if the company, Lynas, tries to import the raw earth materials from Australia.

“We are prepared to paralyze the whole port until the raw materials leave our port,” said Wong Tack, chairman of the group. “The world will witness one of the biggest civil disobedience events in this nation.”
The Lynas plant has had several regulatory and construction delays as opponents and local residents have held protests and taken legal action because of their concerns that the plant could produce harmful radiation. Lynas has denied that there will be any radiation hazards.

The Atomic Energy Licensing Board of Malaysia said Wednesday that it had decided to issue Lynas a two-year, temporary operating license because the company met all technical and regulatory requirements.
The board initially approved the license in January but refrained from issuing it because Lynas had to fulfill additional conditions.        

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