Lynas faces fresh legal challenge against rare earths plant

Legal challenge to LynasAn Australian rare earths mining company, Lynas, listed on the Australian Securities Exchange as a S&P/ASX 200 with two major operations of a mining and concentration plant at Mount Weld and a refining facility now under construction at Kuantan, Malaysia has been embroiled in fresh legal challenge for its LAMP project. 10,000 people raised their voices by marching bare feet in the capital Kuala Lumpur last week, to protest the opening of the refinery which according to Lynas will be able to supply 22,000 tons of rare earth concentrates per year. Hon Kai Ping, a lawyer for the activists was quoted that the court had fixed February 5 to hear an application to revoke the Australian miners license.

After a five year wait, in September, 2012, Lynas finally got the licence which was a great step for Lynas, whereas a Malaysian court had also dismissed an application to block Lynas Tol by the Save Malaysia Stop Lynas group.

While the critics and opponents are claiming that such a grant is dangerous and materials processed in the plant pose radiation risks, which is harmful in long run and violative of nature policies.

“This is a significant milestone,” executive chairman Nicholas Curtis said, “The operation of the LAMP (Lynas Advanced Materials Plant) is now a reality, and the LAMP will provide real data that will assure people that the LAMP is entirely safe for our local communities and the environment.”

Shalini Singh,
Gujarat National Law University,
Gandhinagar, Gujarat

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