Himpunan Hijau to blockade Kuantan Port
SMSL to seek injunction to stop rare earth plant
Guan Eng: Vote out BN to shut Lynas plant
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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 8 — Lim Guan Eng told voters today that the only way to boot Lynas Corporation back to Australia and shut down its controversial rare earth refinery in Kuantan is by voting out Barisan Nasional (BN) in the coming polls.
The DAP secretary-general warned anti-Lynas lobbyists that the recent granting of a two-year temporary occupational licence (TOL) to the Australian miner was a clear sign that should BN win again in the next general election, the firm would be allowed to operate fully without any restrictions.
“That the BN government has no hesitation to issue the TOL to Lynas even before the general election showed its commitment towards Lynas and profits over the people’s health.
The two-year TOL leaves Malaysians no choice but to choose health and public safety over profits and two nuclear reactors by replacing the BN with a PR (Pakatan Rakyat) government,” Lim (picture) said in a statemen
The Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) said Lynas’ commitment to ship out all of its water leach purification (WLP) waste from its rare-earth processing plant in Gebeng, Kuantan is non-binding on its temporary operating licence (TOL).
“It was never a condition of the licence.. When they (Lynas) made the commitment, we took note of the commitment and the board decided to issue the licence,” AELB director-general Raja Abdul Aziz Raja Adnan….told a media briefing this morning.
Asked why AELB only relied on Lynas’ unilateral commitment without putting it in black and white, Raja Abdul Aziz explained that the agency was limited by laws and regulations.
Lynas’ plan to convert its Water Leach Purification (WLP) residue to commercial products for export will not yield new forms of waste, says Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) director-general Raja Abdul Aziz Raja Adnan.
“As far as we know and are informed, it will be the total utilisation of the WLP waste generated,” he said during a media briefing at the agency’s headquarters in Dengkil.
He added that AELB will be observing the conversion process closely.
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Green group vows to take Lynas fight global
Save Malaysia Stop Lynas is undaunted by the issuance of a TOL to the Australian miner.
PETALING JAYA: An anti-Lynas group has vowed to persist in its fight against the rare earth plant in Kuantan despite the Australian miner’s announcement that Putrajaya has given it a two-year temporary operating licence (TOL).
“Lynas may think that with the TOL, it can do whatever it wants,” Save Malaysia Stop Lynas (SMSL) chairman Tan Bun Teet said in a statement issued today.
“We want to assure concerned Malaysians that we will do whatever it takes to stop Lynas – here in Malaysia, in Australia and in every corner of the world where Lynas hopes to conduct its business.
“This is an undertaking from SMSL.”
Environmental action group Himpunan Hijau has vowed to blockade Kuantan Port if Australian rare earths miner Lynas starts to ship ores into the country for processing at the controversial Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (Lamp).
“I will guarantee that their ore shipments will not slip past our blockade. We will mount the biggest civil disobedience event ever seen in the country and get all the groups together.
“The port of Kuantan will not be operational as long as the ore is there,” vowed Himpunan Hijau chairperson Wong Tack (left).
His statement came in response to the decision of the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) to issue Lynas with a temporary operating licence (TOL) to operate the Lamp facility in Gebeng, Kuantan.
Anti-Lynas group says will seek injunction to stop rare earth plant
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 5 — The main environmental group opposed to the Lynas rare earth plant in Kuantan said today it would seek to get an injunction to freeze a temporary operating license (TOL) issued earlier this week to the Australian miner.
Save Malaysia Stop Lynas (SMSL) chairman Tan Bun Teet said he was not surprised with the Atomic Energy Licensing Board’s (AELB) decision to issue the TOL to Lynas despite widespread public protests and concerns about safety.
“We are going to the High Court in Kuantan for judicial review of the TOL, but even before we come to trial, AELB has jumped the gun and issued a TOL,” Tan (picture) told The Malaysian Insider today.
“We feel that this is very unprofessional, unethical, and maybe even illegal,” he added.
Tan was referring to two pending judicial review applications filed by SMSL in the Kuantan High Court.
The first is a judicial review of the award of a TOL to Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (Lamp) by the AELB, and the second is for the Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Maxmimus Ongkili’s decision to reject their appeal against the decision.
Australia’s Lynas Corp said today it has received a temporary operating licence for its long-delayed US$800 million (RM2.5 billion) rare earths plant in Malaysia, enabling it to start production as early as October.