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Lynas to recycle WLP residue

Last Update: 25/06/2019

KUANTAN, June 25 (Bernama) --  Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd will recycle its water leach purification (WLP) residue while waiting for its waste disposal facility in Australia to be completed in the next five years. 

Its chief executive officer Amanda Lacaze said this is in line with Lynas' licensing condition and research has shown it could be used as fertiliser and soil conditioner. 

"Research has shown that the WLP can be formulated into a soil conditioner product. This has been done under the supervision of various regulatory authorities.

"We remain confident this will be the best use of the material," she told reporters when met at Lynas' Hari Raya open house held at its plant in Gebeng here today. 

Lacaze said the recycling process would also ensure that the WLP will not overload its plant when the company opens its permanent disposable field (PDF) in Pahang.

She added that the state government had approved the site for PDF, but the exact location is yet to be notified. 

Lacaze gave an assurance that Lynas’ commitment in Malaysia would not be affected by its plan to move some of its operations to Australia. 

"We will invest further in Malaysia so that we can continue to provide employment for people and contribute to the economy," she said.

Asked on Semambu State Assemblyman Lee Chean Chung’s report to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for investigation to be conducted on Lynas on the allegation of abuse of power, Lacaze said 'the situation is not new for them’. 

"We've been facing this situation since we started our operation eight years ago. We had undergone inspection from various authorities and had our environmental impact assessment prepared. 

"We have been through Lynas Operation Valuation Executive Committee by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government. We have proved that our operation is in accordance with the law and we are operating at low risk," she said.



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