Lynas: Contamination claims are baseless

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  • Saturday, 08 Jun 2019

PETALING JAYA: Scientific evidence has shown that claims by anti-Lynas activists are false, says Lynas Malaysia.

In a statement yesterday, it said the results from recent groundwater monitoring conducted by the government – showing that there was no groundwater contamination caused by Lynas Malaysia’s operations – were consistent with the rare earths mining company’s own groundwater monitoring and analysis.

“Lynas Malaysia welcomed the announcement by Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar who said the latest tests done around the Lynas operating area gave negative readings of heavy metals,” it said.

The statement was issued by Lynas Malaysia managing director and vice-president Datuk Mashal Ahmad and its radiation safety,

regulations and compliance

general manager Prof Dr Ismail Bahari.

It added that the government’s executive review committee report released in December 2018 also did not suggest that any groundwater contamination in the area was a result of Lynas Malaysia’s operations.

“In addition, the report found that our operations are low-risk, compliant with relevant regulations, and residue storage facilities are operated in a proper manner,” it added.

Regulatory decisions that would impact Lynas should be made based on science, rather than sentiments, it further noted.

“The safety of our people, our communities and the environment is our priority and we are committed to providing accurate and scientific information about our operations.

“Regulatory decisions on Lynas must be based on science, not on myth.

“We are disappointed that anti-Lynas activists have used misleading and false information about groundwater in an attempt to create fear in our local communities,” he said.

On May 30, Prime Minister Tun Dr Maha­thir Mohamad told the media in Japan that Malaysia would allow the Australian rare earths producer to continue operating its plant in Gebeng, Pahang.

There had been uncertainty over the future of Lynas’ US$800mil (RM3.35bil) plant after Malaysia halted the renewing process of its licence due to waste disposal concerns.

However, in an interview with 8TV, Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin said she was making plans to go to Australia to discuss the Lynas issue with government officials there.

She also said that the confirmation on whether the Malaysian government would give the green light to Lynas would only be decided after her trip.

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