Published: Friday September 7, 2012 MYT 2:10:00 PM
Updated: Friday September 7, 2012 MYT 3:03:08 PM
AELB: TOL not a "blank cheque" for Lynas
DENGKIL: The temporary operating licence (TOL) granted to the Lynas Advanced Material Plant (LAMP) is not a “blank cheque” that allows the Australian company to do as it pleases, assured the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB).
AELB director-general Datuk Raja Abdul Aziz Raja Adnan said the TOL only allows for limited operations at the rare earth processing plant, especially in the early stages where they need to first determine whether all the equipment conform to safety requirements.
“In the early stages, they will need to test the factory system, and in this case it does not include the word Lanthanides. This will be a dry run, maybe using only water or sand,” he said at a media briefing at their office here.
Abdul Aziz pointed out that the AELB would be monitoring the operations throughout the tenure of the TOL and Lynas would be required to apply for a permit for every consignment of rare earth concentrates shipped into Malaysia.
"This is only a temporary license, so that we can confirm that all the steps they have outlined in their studies and their plans are safe.
"They will be continuously monitored. Everything they do, we will be looking over their shoulders," he said.
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