Task force formed to facilitate sending back WLP waste

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – The Malaysian Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) has formed a task force to facilitate the way Lynas Corporation Ltd (Lynas) sends back ‘water leached purification’ (WLP) waste from Malaysia to Australia.

Its Deputy Minister Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis said that apart from that, MESTECC had also written an official letter to Australian authorities on February 26.

“It was meant to inform them of the need for cooperation to send back WLP waste from Malaysia to Australia, besides speeding up Lynas’ request for approval from the Australian government to send back the waste.

“In addition, to ensure that the waste delivery process is safe, the government through the Atomic Energy Licensing Board will ensure that Lynas complies with all provisions of the Atomic Energy Licensing Act 1984 and regulations made thereunder and other requirements set by the relevant authorities,” he told the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

Isnaraissah said this in response to a supplementary question by Datuk Hasbullah Osman on the latest developments and full reports of the Lynas Advanced Material Plant (LAMP) operations evaluation executive committee chairman and the ministry’s follow-up action on the status of the Lynas plant’s operation.

Earlier, when responding to the original question by Nor Azrina Surip, Isnaraissah said amendments to the Atomic Energy Licensing Act 1984, Act 304, was in the final stages before being submitted to the Attorney-General’s Chambers and tabled in Parliament.

Malaysian Deputy Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis during a press conference. – BERNAMA