KL set to withdraw demand over export of rare earth waste

Lynas mines rare earth minerals in Western Australia and processes them at its plant in Pahang (right), Malaysia.
Lynas mines rare earth minerals in Western Australia and processes them at its plant in Pahang (above), Malaysia.PHOTO: REUTERS

It will likely direct Australian miner Lynas to build a permanent disposal facility instead

Malaysia will likely withdraw a demand for the controversial but highly strategic Lynas rare earth plant to export half a million tonnes of feared radioactive waste as a condition for renewing its licence, and instead direct it to build a permanent disposal facility (PDF) at the Australian miner's cost.

The Straits Times understands that the Cabinet discussed the proposed compromise earlier this month. The government said previously that it would announce its decision next month, before Lynas' licence expires on Sept 2.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 30, 2019, with the headline 'KL set to withdraw demand over export of rare earth waste'. Print Edition | Subscribe