Govt explains Lynas’ local disposal facility

Deputy minister Abu Bakar Mohamad says the government is firm with Lynas in shipping its radioactive waste abroad.

(FMT) – Lynas has previously said they are studying method to recycle some of its wastes into synthentic gypsium and fertilizer locally.

The government has compelled rare earth refiner Lynas Corp to produce a plan for local permanent disposal facility (PDF) because it is an international requirement, the Parliament is told today.

Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Abu Bakar Mohamad said the PDF proposal did not mean that Lynas would be allowed to store its radioactive waste in the country.

“(PDF) is an international standard. So when we draft the temporary operating license (TOL), we have to include it as one of the conditions.

“In fact, the government is firm with the decision for them to export the waste abroad,” he said.