Lynas lashes out at Malaysian environmental probe
Published: Monday, 22 October 2018
Lynas is calling for fairness from the Malaysian government during its environmental investigation.
Australian rare earth producer Lynas has raised concerns that
an environmental investigation into its Malaysian refining
plant is neither fair, nor independent.
The investigation, announced in September, is being led by a
politician believed to be hostile to the facility and its
It would be a major blow for Lynas - the largest non-Chinese
rare earth producer - if the Malaysian government decided to
shut down the plant.
Lynas chief executive Amanda Lacaze wrote an open letter to
the Malaysian government on October 3, calling for "fairness,
objectivity and transparency."
"Lynas Malaysia has been producing high quality rare earth
materials at our Gebeng plant for six years," Lacaze said. "Our
operations are built on a zero-harm philosophy. Independent
monitoring confirms we have achieved this."
Lacaze noted that the committee reviewing the company is
chaired by Malaysian deputy minister Fuziah Salleh, who "openly
admits to being anti-Lynas."
According to Malaysian media, Salleh has long opposed the
If refining capacity in Malaysia is shut down, the company
might need to ship its Australia-mined material to be
refined. This could be problematic at a time when rare earth
threatens to be drawn into an emerging trade war between
China and the United States.