Thursday, September 6, 2012

Activists Threaten Protests For New Malaysian Rare Earth Refinery

Kuantan, Malaysia is east of Kuala Lumpur
KUALA LUMPUR (NYT) -- Malaysian activists, worried about radioactive byproducts from a newly constructed rare earth refinery near the town of Kuantan, Malaysia, have threatened to "to paralyze the whole port until the raw materials leave our port."  Lynas, the Australian company that owns the refinery, plans to begin processing activities in October 2012.  The company is currently seeking to address the core concerns of the protestors and claims that there are no radiation hazards.  Source:  Protests Promised Over License for Malaysia Rare Earth Plant (Reliability:  High)

Comment:  Lynas, one of Australia's largest companies, claims that it is providing the first new source of rare earths from sources outside of China from its mining operations at Mt. Weld in western Australia.

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