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Lynas wins appeal against Malaysian operations

Published on Dec 19, 2012 5:55 PM
 
Residents and activists protest against rare earth Australian mining firm Lynas Corp near Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur on Nov 26, 2012. Malaysia's Court of Appeal on Wednesday dismissed an appeal against a temporary operating licence for Lynas Corp, despite protests over alleged radioactive hazards. -- PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysia's Court of Appeal on Wednesday dismissed an appeal against a temporary operating licence for Australian mining company Lynas Corp, despite protests over alleged radioactive hazards.

The decision enables the Sydney-based rare earths miner to continue operations at its US$800 million (S$ 975 million) plant in the eastern town of Kuantan, in Pahang state, in the face of residents' opposition.

The appeal court affirmed a lower court decision which denied a group of residents living near the facility a stay of Lynas' temporary licence, pending a judicial review.

Lynas secured the licence in early September and began production on November 30 although activists have been protesting over alleged radioactive hazards since early 2011.

 
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