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Old 06-28-2015, 08:55 AM
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Default Lynas plant risks are intrinsically low

Malaysia's controversial rare earth element processing facility poses little radiation risk to residents in the area and to the environment, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says.

The global nuclear energy body said on Saturday the Malaysian government has implemented all the safety recommendations on radiation safety at the Lynas Advanced Materials Processing (LAMP) facility in the state of Pahang.

"After the analysis of all documentation ... it became evident that the radiological risks to members of the public and to the environment associated with the operation of Lynas ... are intrinsically low," the IAEA said in a statement.

Activists have been calling on the Malaysian government to shut down the plant for fear that the radiation the plant produces is hazardous to human health and to the environment.

The rare earth element processing facility, which is owned and operated by Australia's Lynas Corporation and located in the outskirts of Kuantan town 210 kilometres north-east of Kuala Lumpur, has been given temporary licence to operate by the Malaysian government since September 2013.

Rare earth elements are found in the earth's crust and are vital to many modern technologies, including consumer electronics, computers and networks, communications, clean energy, advanced transportation and health care. http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2...-low-risk-iaea
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Default New critical minerals research could lead to local manufacturing boost

The new Lynas Rare Earths Processing Facility in Kalgoorlie, WA has recently received Environmental Approval, which will enable the manufacture of many high-tech products.

Additionally, newly funded research at the University of South Australia could further transform the way rare earth elements and other vital battery metals are recovered from the earth, enabling efficient extraction with decreased environmental footprint.

Dr Richmond Asamoah from UniSA’s Future Industry Institute is developing new ways to safely extract critical minerals from downstream ore processing, tailings reprocessing, and wastewater treatments. He is also developing mechanisms to safely recycle spent products from scrap batteries and magnets. read article
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Default Lynas six-month extension for Malaysian cracking

Lynas Rare Earths has been granted a six-month extension for processing lanthanide concentrate in Malaysia, which effectively plugs the gap in the company’s rare earth supply. The extension means Lynas can continue its lanthanide operations until January 1, 2024.

The Malaysian Government refused to budge on the unfavorable license conditions but adjusted the timeframe for the new conditions to come into effect, giving Lynas more time.

Lynas has been racing to ramp up its Kalgoorlie rare earths processing facility, which will undertake the cracking and leaching of rare earths before sending the intermediate product to Malaysia.
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The article discusses Malaysia's history with rare earth processing plants, which were closed down in the 1990s due to difficulties in disposing of radioactive waste. However, Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) has since become one of the largest rare earth processing plants in the world and produces rare earth elements in Pahang, Malaysia. The plant primarily uses lanthanide concentrate imported from Australia and has a smaller environmental footprint than other mines due to the type of ore being mined. This paper https://www.i2massociates.com/downlo...sing_in_Ma.pdf provides a review of the processing flowsheet at LAMP, the environmental impact associated with processing the ore, and the sustainability of the operation.
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Default Rare Earth Plant in Malaysia: Governance, Green Politics, and Geopolitics

https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article...5/3/5_443/_pdf

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A rare earth elements (REE) extraction plant was built and began operating in Gebeng, Malaysia (near the city of Kuantan), from early December 2012. This plant, slated to be the world’s largest when it operates at full capacity, is very controversial in Malaysia. Various factors appear to have influenced the setting up of this foreign-owned REE extraction plant, although the source of its raw material is thousands of kilometers away in the desert of Western Australia. This article examines and discusses the reasons why the Malaysian authorities approved the highly controversial project despite the fear of the local community that it would have significant negative impacts on the environment and the health of the public, and despite major protests (some of which were nationwide) against the project. The decision by the Malaysian authorities to approve it was probably due to factors such as the importance of rare earth metals in high-technology production; geopolitical considerations, with China dominating and supplying most of the market; high rare earth prices because of actions taken by the Chinese authorities; differences in environmental laws and their enforcement between Malaysia and Australia; and poor governance and lack of citizen input into public decision making in Malaysia.
This article demonstrates how a seemingly local issue—specifically, strong objection by local residents to an industrial project—is linked to broader issues such as governance, regional and national politics, and the geopolitics of access to critically important mineral resources. It also discusses various ethical issues in relation to the controversial project. Read the full article
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