PETALING JAYA: Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd said it is studying the report by Putrajaya’s review committee on its operations in the country.
“The report has only just been made available. We will release a statement once we have reviewed the report,” it said in a short statement to FMT.
This comes after the energy, science, technology, environment and climate change ministry announced new conditions for any future renewal of Lynas’ licences to operate in the country.
Reuters had reported that the ministry said Lynas must remove radioactive residues from Malaysia and would need to submit an action plan for non-radioactive waste disposal for future licences or permission renewals.
In a report issued on the ministry’s website, a committee commissioned to review Lynas’ processing plant also recommended improvements to residue management, periodic health monitoring, and studies to identify the source of heavy metals in areas near the plant.
Meanwhile, Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh, a fierce critic of Lynas, welcomed the new licensing conditions and Lynas having to remove its waste from the country.
“Lynas should proceed with its previous application with relevant authorities in Australia to seek permission to send back its radioactive waste,” she said in a statement.
She added that the Pakatan Harapan was committed to a sustainable, clean and safe development path for Malaysia.
Lynas has consistently defended the safety of its rare earths plant in Gebeng for its workers and the surrounding community, saying it had been reviewed twice by the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) – in 2011 and 2014.
After both reviews, Lynas said, it had implemented all of IAEA’s recommendations and that the independent body regarded Lynas’ operations as “intrinsically low risk”.