No approval for Lynas to import rare earth ore

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No approval for Lynas to import rare earth ore

No approval for Lynas to import rare earth ore

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
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The Lynas plant being built.

KUALA LUMPUR: Lynas Corporation has never been issued a licence nor given permission to ship rare earth ore into Malaysia.

The International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti) and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti), in a joint statement today, said Lynas was not authorised to import any rare earth ore into the country without the prior approval of the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB).

"AELB has made it clear that no such approval was ever given," the statement said, adding that for the importation of rare earth ore into Malaysia, a would-be importer must be issued a two-stage authorisation.

On October 7, Miti, Mosti, AELB and other relevant agencies met leaders of the Anti-Lynas Coalition to clarify issues surrounding the Lynas controversy and to hear views of those who were opposed to the project.

At the meeting, the anti-Lynas representative told Miti they had information Lynas was planning to import rare earth ore in October via Kuantan Port. -- Bernama