Malaysia Says to Rule Soon on Rare Earths Plant

Anti miner Lynas, protests, Kuantan. The world’s largest refinery for rare earth metals has risen out of the red mud of a coastal swamp, near Kuantan, a Malaysian east coast town near the plant site. Photo source: ©© avlxy


A government ruling on whether Australian miner Lynas would be given the go-ahead for a controversial rare earths processing plant was expected within days, Malaysia’s trade minister said Tuesday.

The facility is being built in Malaysia’s eastern Pahang state, which is set to become one of the few sites outside China to process rare earths, metals used in high-tech equipment ranging from missiles to mobile phones…

Rare earth oxides. Photo source: Peggy Greb, US department of agriculture.

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Malaysia Grants License To Lynas’ Rare Earth Plant
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