Australian rare earths miner sues Malaysian opponents

May 03, 2012

Australian rare earths miner Lynas has launched legal action against the most vitriolic opponents of its proposed plant in Malaysia following fierce criticism that it is unsafe, according to AFP.

Lynas plans to start production soon in eastern Pahang state to process rare earths imported from Australia, effectively breaking the Chinese stranglehold on the materials.

But the plant has been hugely controversial with fears it will harm the environment by producing radioactive pollution.

Protests have been held and the Lynas website hacked, proving a headache for Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's government ahead of elections expected to be held soon.

Lynas says the facility -- the Lynas Advanced Material Plant -- is safe and has been the target of a "baseless scare campaign".