Monday, January 20, 2020

Legal Challenge Against Lynas' Licence Renewal

Hooray! Lynas Corp on Friday confirmed a legal challenge has been lodged against the Malaysian government's decision to renew their operating licence. 

The Australian rare earths mining company said they had received documents filed by three individuals commencing judicial review proceedings in the High Court of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur. 

The grounds of the legal challenge relate to the process followed by the government in reaching a decision to renew Lynas' licence in August last year despite public concerns over toxic waste from their operations which could impact on the health of those living nearby, and to the environment. 

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (right) defied an election promise in 2018, and members of his own cabinet, when he agreed to fresh conditions last year that would allow Lynas to continue operating in Malaysia if they agreed to extract the toxic waste offshore. 

And Lynas were given six months to meet the new conditions and are expected to announce details of expansion plans that will extract this radioactive waste in Western Australia before being exported to Malaysia for further processing. 

The legal challenge states the decision to renew the licence should have been made by the Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin (left), and not the cabinet. 

Mahathir, twenty-seven other ministers and cabinet members, the Government of Malaysia and the Atomic Energy Licensing Board have also been named as respondents to the legal action.

Mahathir, if he can have his own way, will have chosen the cabinet below:

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