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Lynas rare earths plant gets Malaysian political support
21/06/2012 - A controversial new processing plant in Malaysia run by rare earths miner Lynas has received the support of a Malaysian parliamentary committee.
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The Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) in Gebeng was granted a temporary operating licence (TOL) in February 2012, but it is yet to be issued.
A report produced by a parliamentary select committee established to raise public awareness of the LAMP recommends the TOL be issued, Lynas said on Wednesday.
The report also noted that Lynas had complied with Malaysian laws and standards, which are in line with international standards, the company said.
The local community had raised concerns about risks posed by radioactive materials that are naturally present in rare earths.
Lynas executive chairman Nicholas Curtis welcomed the report's findings.
"Throughout our time in Malaysia, we have worked to be completely transparent, and to provide full and comprehensive details about every aspect of our operation to satisfy government and community concerns," he said in a statement.
"We are committed to operating in a safe and sustainable manner and to making a significant ongoing contribution to Malaysia."
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