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Published: Monday February 20, 2012 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday May 25, 2013 MYT 12:14:48 AM

Gebeng residents seek judicial review of licence to Lynas

KUALA LUMPUR: A group of local residents have applied for a judicial review to challenge the Atomic Energy Licensing Board's (Board) decision to issue Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd a temporary licence for the Lynas Advanced Material Plant in Gebeng, Pahang.

The application was filed by 10 residents at the Court of Appeal Special Powers division registrar on Feb 17 through Messrs Kanesalingam & Co., a copy of which was obtained here on Monday.

They named the Board, which oversees the production, application and use of atomic energy and radioactive material, Director-General of Environment Quality and Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd as respondents.

They sought a certiorari order' to reverse the Board's Jan 30 decision to issue the temporary licence to Lynas Malaysia.

The group also applied for an injunction to prohibit the Board from issuing any temporary or permanent licence to Lynas except or until the company presented a detailed Evaluation Report on the plant's effects towards the environment to the Director-General of Environment Quality and until the said report was approved.

They claimed that the decision contravened Article 5(1) of the Federal Constitution and that the Board had failed to allow the appellants a chance to make a representation on the safety of the plant.

The appellants further sought the suspension of the temporary licence and for Lynas Malaysia, its agents or workers to be prohibited from operating the plant until a decision was reached on the judicial review application. - Bernama

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