LYNAS: CHEMICAL SPILL IN TEMERLOH
3:43PM Mar 29, 2014
MMA: Chemical spill shows Lynas a time bomb
The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) has warned of a potential time bomb, referring to yesterday’ s accident in which a lorry spilled chemicals meant for the Lynas rare-earth processing plant in Gebeng, Kuantan.
MMA president NKS said the medical body was “appalled and dismayed” at that incident where the material spilled on the Kuala Lumpur-Kuantan federal road at Lanchang.
“This federal road at Lanchang is closer to the population creating more safety and health concerns among the residents and Malaysians .
“It will always remain a potential time-bomb,” he said in a statement today.
Tharmaseelan added that the incident has further heightened and raised safety concerns within and outside the Lynas plant.
“Malaysians are worried that another Fukushima Daiichi will occur at their door step,” he added in reference to the 2011 Japanese nuclear disaster.
Tharmaseelan said despite the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry, the courts, a parliamentary select committee and the Atomic Energy Licensing Board giving the green light for the Lynas facility, Malaysians are still anxious and apprehensive about the plant.
Friday March 28, 2014 MYT 5:25:56 PM
Chemical spill causes road closure near Temerloh
TEMERLOH: Several containers of chemicals from the Lynas rare earth plant fell off a trailer causing part of a road here to be closed for several hours.
Temerloh OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Aziz Salleh said 13 of the 15 containers fell off the trailer’s side while being transported to Port Klang.
“Four of them broke causing the NdPr chloride solution to spill onto the road at Km149 of Jalan Kuantan-Kuala Lumpur near Kampung Sungai Kepong at about 9am,” he said here yesterday.
ACP Abdul Aziz said the chemical solution was not dangerous but could cause skin irritation.
4:33PM Mar 28, 2014
Accident leaves Lynas products scattered on road
An accident involving a lorry loaded with Lynas rare-earth products left the commodities scattered on the road in Lanchang, Pahang this morning, resulting in the road stretch being closed to traffic.
Lynas Malaysia public relations and communications general manager Amin Abdullah has confirmed this matter, but stressed that the products are not dangerous and none are radioactive.
According to him, the lorry was conveying the products from the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (Lamp) at the Gebeng industrial zone, Pahang to Port Klang for export to their overseas customers.
“These products are not dangerous. They are certified safe to be transported overseas and all the certificates are in place,” said Amin when contacted by Malaysiakini today.
NO RESPITE FOR LYNAS! Not even on Australia Day.
8:22PM Jan 22, 2014
Anti-Lynas group gate crashes Australia Day do
A scuffle broke out between Himpunan Hijau supporters and security staff at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre which was the venue of the Australia Day celebration, where Lynas Corporation officials were present.
About 30 protesters marched to the convention centre after gathering at the KLCC park fountain at about 6.30pm. They were led by Himpunan Hijau chief Wong Tack.
Later, Australian High Commission in Malaysia security manager Llyod Laughlin intervened to calm Wong and listened to what his group has to say.
The protestors are then allowed to gather outside the hall and display their banners without further incident, while the entrance to the hall is place under tight security.
Himpunan Hijau protest on Australia Day
Opponents of the Lynas rare earth refinery in Pahang today held a small protest during the Australia Day celebration at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
Among the guest were officials from Lynas Corporation, an Sydney-based company which mines ore in Western Australia in order to be processed in Malaysia.
Critics of the company, such as Kuantan-based group Himpunan Hijau, believes that if the Australian laws do not allow rare earth refining activities in Australia, the same should apply to Malaysia.
Full report: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/252516
Photographer: Lim Huey Teng
Pakatan boycotts Australia Day celebrations due to Lynas
January 22, 2014
Pakatan Rakyat leaders declined an invitation by the Australian High Commission to celebrate their national day reception at KLCC today due to the presence of Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd.
In a statement, Tian Chua (PKR), V. Sivakumar (DAP) and Dr Syed Azman Syed Nawawi (PAS) expressed regret at being unable to attend the Australia Day celebrations planned today.
“It is indeed a special day for Australians as it marks their national day. The invitation from the Australian High Commission is a great initiative to maintain good relations between our countries.
“However, as much as we see the importance of attending this auspicious event, Pakatan Rakyat legislators have decided to stay away this year due to the presence of Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd, who is one of the sponsors of the event,” he pointed out.
Tian Chua said a large section of the Malaysian public considered the Lynas rare earth processing plant an unwelcome investment in Malaysia.
“Therefore, the presence of Pakatan Rakyat legislators will contravene the party’s principles and election pledges,” Tian Chua said.
LYNAS CLARIFIES THE DEATH OF ITS 3 EMPLOYEES AND THREATENS ‘STERN’ ACTION!
“Lynas would not hesitate to take stern action, including legal action, against any party who spread lies about the plant.”
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Lynas denies death of employees linked to plant operation
Last updated on 28 December 2013 – 05:40pm
KUANTAN (Dec 28, 2013): Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd (Lynas) has denied the death of three employees were linked to the operation of the rare earth plant in Gebeng, near here.
Its managing director, Datuk Mashal Ahmad said the death of the three employees were due to failing health and following a road accident.
The first death involved a prospective employee who died of heart failure during the interview process.
“In November, an employee died following a road accident on the way to work while one of our engineers who died earlier this month suffered a heart attack and fell into the retention pond.
“During the incident, the victim was doing his daily routine of taking water samples for testing before falling unconscious from a heart attack,” he told reporters after presenting school uniforms to 200 students at Lynas plant.
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Rare-earth plant in Kuantan not flooded, Lynas says
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 6 — Amid concern that the Lynas rare-earth plant in Kuantan could be threatened by the massive floods sweeping across Pahang, the company today said the site has escaped the deluge and was operating as usual.
In response to The Malay Mail Online’s query, Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd also said its refinery — which started operations this January — was built according to national and international regulations.
“The Lynas Plant located in Gebeng Industrial Estate is not affected by the massive floods in Kuantan and the Plant is operating as usual,” it wrote in a brief four-paragraph statement.
Yesterday, state news agency Bernama reported that over 38,000 people in Pahang have been evacuated from their homes due to severe flooding caused by heavy rain since last Sunday.
Today, Lynas also moved to allay fears that the waste stored in its residue storage facility (RSF) would leak into the ground due to the heavy downpour in Kuantan.
“The Residue Storage Facility (RSF) itself was designed to prevent any leaching to the ground and to the environment and has fulfilled all the national and international standards imposed.
“The Residue Storage Facilities were designed and constructed to provide sufficient capacity to contain stormwater caused by the worst flood that occurred in this area over the last one hundred years,” Lynas said.
The Malaysian Insider
No respite in sight as Lynas bleeds – Soo Jin Hou
I attended the Lynas annual shareholders’ meeting (AGM) on 29/11/2013. During the meeting, I asked 2 questions.
The first: “In view of Molycorp’s intention to ramp up their rare earths production by 130% from 10,000 tons to 23,000 tons per year, how does Lynas intend to do the same without a collapse in rare earth prices?”
The second: “The Malaysian government is under tremendous pressure after the Fitch rating downgrade to reduce or withdraw energy subsidy. How much will Lynas be affected if the energy subsidy is withdrawn?”.
Neither question was satisfactorily answered and this suggests that it is likely that Lynas will continue to bleed red ink in the near to medium term.
Rare earths prices have collapsed spectacularly over the past 2 year…
* Soo Jn Hou is a member of the Stop Lynas Coalition .
* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.
Video: Lynas Corporation sparks fresh anger in Malaysia
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Anwar: Lynas can stay if proven safe
He tells an Australian paper that he will be “the first person to champion the plant” if it survives a public inquiry.
PETALING JAYA: Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim risks being accused of inconsistency in his stance on the Lynas’ Gebeng plant following today’s publication of a report that he would back it if it survives a new public inquiry.
The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) quoted him as saying that a federal government controlled by Pakatan Rakyat would allow the rare earth processing factory to continue operating if the inquiry found it to be safe.
The statement appears to conflict with a remark he made during a Himpunan Hijau rally in Kuantan last year. He assured his audience then that Pakatan would dismantle the plant.
The Bentong seat is considered a MCA stronghold. During the 2008 general election, Liow won by a huge majority of 12,549 votes, beating PKR candidate G Ponusamy.
Himpunan Hijau chairperson Wong Tack has confirmed that Pakatan Rakyat has invited him to stand as their candidate during the next general election.
Speaking to reporters in Temerloh this morning, Wong said the coalition had offered him to contest in the parliamentary seat of Bentong, currently held by Health Minister and MCA deputy president Liow Tiong Lai.
“(Environmentalist) NGOs might focus on Bentong (hence) they have suggested that I be a candidate (there).
01 March 2013| last updated at 11:24PM
US expert: Lynas plant is largest, safest in world
On Lynas’ safety procedures, he said the tanks containing the rare earth were all placed above ground and there were equivalent catch basins underground to contain stray leakage.
“The external radiation is negligible,” he said on the sidelines of the international symposium on rare earth at Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) campus in Gambang, near here yesterday.
Scientists inspect Malaysia’s Lynas plant as production begins
The controversial Lynas plant in Malaysia has produced its first rare earth products for customers this week, after overcoming years of delays and beginning work in late November.
Lynas has chosen to build its LAMP in Malaysia because of its good port facilities,clear legal framework and reliable utilities.
Australian miner Lynas Corp. (ASX:LYC) announced its first rare earths products were ready to deliver to customers from its Malaysian refinery, reports The Australian.
Lynas Corporation produces first rare earths from Malaysia plant
- by: Rhiannon Hoyle
- From: Dow Jones Newswires
- February 27, 2013 3:19PM
LYNAS Corp said today it had produced its first rare earths products for customers, after years of battling to get its Malaysian rare earths refinery licenced and into operation.
The Australian miner received a temporary operating licence from the Malaysian government in September after a five-year wait, but faced further delays due to legal challenges to the decision.
International Business Times AU
Watch Out China, Australia’s Lynas Has Produced First Rare Earths Products From Malaysian Plant
By Esther Tanquintic-Misa | February 27, 2013 7:15 PM EST
Watch out, China. Australian rare earths miner Lynas Corp on Wednesday announced it had produced its first batch of rare earths products from its Malaysian processing plant, in what could be a fitting finale to its hardships battling out for the operation of the facility.
Shares of Australian rare earths miner Lynas Corporation jumped as much as 7.2 per cent in early morning trade at 1146 AEDT as the mining company disclosed its highly controversial processing plant in Malaysia continued to post significant progress in the production of the precious metals which are essential components to a number of technological advancements
It was in September 2012, after a five-year wait, that Lynas finally got to hold in its hands the highly controversial temporary operating license to jumpstart the Malaysian rare earths facility.
In a brief statement submitted to the Australian Stock Exchange, Lynas said it remain committed to ramp up rare earths production to 11,000 tonnes per annum by the second quarter of 2013.