Decision on Lynas’ licence renewal by Aug 15, says Yeo

Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin at the launch of the state-level National Science Week at Shah Alam today. On the right is Selangor Environment, Green Technology, Science and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Hee Loy Sian. (Bernama pic.)

SHAH ALAM: The government will announce its decision on Lynas Malaysia’s licence renewal status by Aug 15.

Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin said the government would also announce whether the rare earths producer would have to repatriate its radioactive waste to Australia or otherwise.

“Lynas can only apply for a renewal of their licence 30 days before it expires, which is on Sept 2.

“The company made an application yesterday (Aug 2), so it is still being processed. We will make a decision by Aug 15 and announce it with the full details,” she told reporters after launching the state-level National Science Week at the Selangor Library here today.

Selangor Environment, Green Technology, Science and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Hee Loy Sian was also present.

Yeo said ministry officials would also be having a discussion with several MPs who have reservations on Lynas’ operations here on Tuesday.

Asked about Save Malaysia Stop Lynas’ criticism of the company’s operations and its plans to hold a protest on Aug 18, Yeo said every citizen has a right to voice their views.

“I think the government has taken into account views from all relevant parties on matters regarding the environment and public safety.

“What I can say is that as far as I am concerned, the decision may not be an ideal one but it’s still much better than status quo,” she said.