Lynas says vindicated by minister’s confirmation on water contamination claims

PETALING JAYA: Lynas Malaysia has welcomed a statement by Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Xavier Jayakumar that its operations did not cause any groundwater contamination.

The company said in a statement that the minister’s confirmation was proof that claims made by anti-Lynas activists were false, adding that they were out to create fear and uncertainty among the public about its operations.

“However, a proper scientific investigation has proven these claims to be false,” said Lynas managing director Mashal Ahmad and general manager of radiation safety, regulations and compliance Ismail Bahari.

Xavier had said that the latest tests that were done around Lynas gave negative readings of heavy metals.

Lynas said the results were confirmed by the energy, science, technology, environment and climate change ministry.

Lynas explained that it produces two solid residues: NUF, a synthetic gypsum, and WLP, an iron phosphate material.

It said that WLP, which has been at the heart of the criticism against Lynas, is a Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM).

“The International Atomic Energy Agency, the technical experts advising the Parliamentary Select Committee, the scientists of Pakatan Harapan Executive Review Committee have all confirmed the material is low risk,” Lynas said.

It said extensive research on the use of WLP and NUF has produced CondiSoil, a safe soil conditioner that helps ameliorate problematic soils making them suitable for agriculture purposes.

Research has also proven that CondiSoil is the best solution for the reuse of residues in productive applications and overall management of Lynas Malaysia’s residues.

“Both the WLP and NUF materials produced at Lynas Malaysia are equivalent in composition to materials which Malaysia currently imports and can be used to replace the imported materials and support economic value and development in Malaysia.”