Malaysia to launch environmental investigation against Australian firm hinh anh 1A protest against Lynas Corporation in 2012 (Source: EPA)

Sydney (VNA) – The Malaysian parliament has asked the new government to launch a wide-ranging investigation into environmental and nuclear waste processing problems related to Australian mining company Lynas Corporation.

According to Australia’s SBS media agency, the firm has been processing rare-earth minerals, which contain rare-earth elements used in high-tech products including computers and electric cars, in Malaysia since the start of 2013.

The Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) on the east coast of Malaysia has long been the focus of residents and environmental protesters who are concerned about the management of low-level nuclear waste generated during processing.  

Lynas runs two rare earth exploitation plants in Malaysia and West Australia. The rare earth elements dug up in Australia by Western-Australian based Lynas are shipped to markets around the world including China, after processing in Malaysia.

In a statement to SBS News, Lynas Corporation said they had been operating safely in Malaysia for more than five years in compliance with all regulatory requirements. 

"As a lawful and transparent business, we hold ourselves to a high standard on all aspects of our business and will cooperate with the government with confidence in our performance," said the statement.-VNA