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Malaysian opponents of Lynas rare earths plant vow to fight on

Malaysian opponents of Lynas rare earths plant vow to fight on

Updated 8 November 2012, 22:37 AEDT

Australian mining company Lynas has won a court battle against activists, to begin production at an $800 million rare earths facility in Malaysia, despite publlic concerns.

Lynas secured the operating licence in early September but the High Court in Pahang state, where the plant is based, put production on hold after an appeal by activists.

Malaysian opponents to the plant say the processing of rare earth ore imported from Australia, would release radioactive gases and waste like thorium and lead into the environment.

The federal opposition MP for Kuantan has led protests against Lynas for over two years.

Fuziah Salleh says the fight's not over.

Presenter: Sen Lam @SLamEsq 

Speaker: Fuziah Salleh, Parti Keadilan MP, Kuantan and opponent of Lynas rare earths plant

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