Media Briefing at Community Event
18 July 2017
This document has been prepared by Lynas Corporation Limited in response to recent media queries related to the company and its operations.
|How long has Lynas been operating?||Lynas has been operating safely for nearly 5 years (our 5-year anniversary is in September). During this time Lynas has successfully met all license conditions relating to operations and environmental performance. Lynas continues to operate in a way that is safe for workers, safe for the community and safe for the environment.
Lynas is now operating at nameplate capacity.
Lynas is a committed and active member of the community.
97% of employees come from the local area and 80% of inputs are sourced from local suppliers.
In September last year, the AELB renewed Lynas’ Full
Operating Stage Licence (FOSL) for the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) for three years until September 2019.
|How can people learn more about Lynas' operations?||Lynas implements robust environmental management systems and complies with national regulatory requirements (AELB and DOE) and with international standards and practices (IAEA).
Further information concerning Lynas’ environmental monitoring programs, including monitoring data, is available on our website – www.lynascorp.com. In addition, LAMP emissions data is available on the websites of the Department of
Environment (www.doe.gov.my ) and the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (http://portal.aelb.gov.my/sites/aelb/en/home ). Real time radiation monitoring data is available at
Over the past year, Lynas has conducted a number of public events at which Lynas information has been provided to the community. This has included the following:
Lynas also hosts visits from the general public, academic institutions, NGOs and government related agencies throughout the year.
|Why are Rare Earths so important?||Rare earths are the backbone to many of the devices we use on a daily basis, as these materials offer better technical solutions than their functional equivalents for technologies that consumers are demanding now and in the future.
Because of their specific optical, magnetic and catalytic properties, rare earths are used in a variety of applications:
|You say you are committed to the community. What do you actually do?||At Lynas, we actively support the local communities in which we operate by creating shared value wherever possible. We do this by providing sustainable employment and business opportunities.
Lynas directly employs over 580 Malaysian staff, employs a further 100 staff through employment agencies and every year, contributes over RM300 million to the Malaysian economy, and spends over RM2 million per year on research with local partners.
Other initiatives include:
|Please update us on your progress on recycling and managing your residues||All chemical and mineral processing plants produce residues which are either reused or disposed of as wastes. The Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) is no exception. Our residues are not wastes - they have tremendous potential as safe commercial products.
The residue management plan approved by the Malaysian regulatory authorities is being implemented under their guidance with the participation of established national and international research organizations.
The process agreed between Lynas and Malaysia’s AELB was firstly to identify a commercial use for the Water Leach Purification (WLP) residue, if not successful to store the WLP in a permanent disposal facility.
Lynas has developed an agricultural product called CondiSoil, to improve soil condition and increase yield.
CondiSoil is approved by the AELB and Scientific and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM) as non-radioactive, non-carcinogenic and non-ecotoxic. It is certified as safe for people, animals, the environment and crops and produce.
Lynas has engaged in extensive testing of Condisoil over the past 3 years. This has been in partnership with MARDI, UPM and UKM (Universiti Kabangsaan Malaysia), after obtaining approval from the DOE (Department of Environment).
Lynas has invested over RM 7 million to ensure the tests are comprehensive and that all parameters have been properly quantified.
This testing has shown that Condisoil improves outcomes for plants grown in problematic soils (like those on the east coast of Malaysia) whilst being safe to use.
Currently Lynas is well advanced in gaining approval for the registration of the product from the various regulatory authorities (DOE and Department of Agriculture).
Once Condisoil is registered, Lynas will immediately commence production as we have customers who wish to use the product.
This process is consistent with Lynas’ commitment to sustainable production as it ensures residues are used productively rather than stored unproductively.