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Outcry over Aust rare earths refinery in Malaysia

Outcry over Aust rare earths refinery in Malaysia

Posted 13 May 2011, 21:51 AEST

An Australian mining company is facing a backlash in Malaysia over the construction of a plant to refine rare earths.

The plant's main waste contains the radioactive element thorium, which has been linked to birth defects and leukaemia. The people of Kuantan say they don't want it in their town. Lynas Corporation says the waste is safe, and the Malaysian government has given approval for the plant to go ahead. A public outcry has now prompted Malaysia to call an inquiry .. although locals are determined to stop the plant, whatever the inquiry's outcome.

Reporter: Gavin Fang

Fuziah Salleh, federal MP for Kuantan; Dr Gavin Mudd, environmental engineer; Nick Curtis, executive chairman, Lynas Corporation; Vincent Jiam, chairman, Save Malaysia - Stop Lynas Group

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