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Australian Lynas Gets Permission to Dispose of Radioactive Waste in Malaysia

Mining News - Published on Fri, 23 Aug 2019

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ABC reported that an Australian mining company has been told to "get lost" and "go back to Australia" amid an ongoing row over hundreds of thousands of tonnes of radioactive waste piling up in Malaysia. Outside of China, the Australian firm, Lynas, is the world's only major producer of rare earth minerals, which are crucial in the production of high-tech gear including smartphones, laser-guided missiles and electric car batteries. The ore is dug up at Mount Weld in Western Australia and then shipped to Malaysia, where the cost of processing is significantly lower. The low-level radioactive waste is a by-product of the enrichment process and Malaysian activists are convinced it poses a threat to local communities.

At a recent protest in Kuantan, several hundred people rallied against the Australian firm and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's decision to extend its licence to operate.

Mr Moses Lim, a chemical engineer turned activist, said that "[The radioactivity] will be passed through our children and our children's children. We may be gone, but our grandchildren will curse us."

Mr Lim claimed the issue had the potential to "tarnish the good name of Australia" in the minds of millions of Malaysians. I don't understand why Lynas, an Australian company, does this to Malaysia.

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Posted By : Sanju Moirangthem on Fri, 23 Aug 2019
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