BANGI – The Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (Mestecc) confirmed that its Minister Yeo Bee Yin is expected to go to Australia to discuss Lynas waste management issues in Gebeng, Kuantan.
“The minister is planning to travel to Australia to have a discussion with its government on the waste management of Gebeng.
“The Ministry is waiting for the feedback from Australia,” the Deputy Secretary of Mestecc Dr. Nagulendran Kangayatkarasu said after the Green Incentive programme at Greentech Malaysia today.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced that Malaysia would allow the Australian Lynas Corp to keep operating its plant in Gebeng, Kuantan.
The announcement ended the speculations and uncertainties on the future of the USD800 million Lynas plant (RM3.35 billion) after its license was temporary suspended.
“Yes, we will renew Lynas’s license,” he said in a dialogue and press conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ) yesterday.
Meanwhile, Dr Nagulendran said that the heavy metals content found in groundwater surrounding the Lynas plant in Gebeng, Kuantan is lower than the threshold based on the monitoring done by the ministry and Lynas.
“We (the ministry) will continue the monitoring and it was not from Lynas.
“There was a peak, and it was picked up by the review committee.
“After that, we continued to monitor the site, and even Lynas (was) monitored.
“It went back to normal, so it could be a certain spike that happened when there’s a disturbance in land use,” he said, adding that it’s unlikely that the cause of the pollution was Lynas.
Dr Nagulendran was asked to comment on an earlier statement made by the Minister of Water, Land and Natural Resources Dr Xavier Jayakumar that the groundwater around Lynas is no longer polluted by heavy metals earlier. -MalaysiaGazette