Summary Box: Malaysia group fights plant

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Posted: Feb 02, 2012 5:13 PM

LAWSUIT PLANNED: A Malaysian group representing villagers and civil groups will file a legal challenge to the government's decision to approve a $230 million rare earths plant by Australian miner Lynas Corp., a lawmaker said Thursday.

LICENSE GRANTED: The country's regulator said Wednesday it would grant Lynas a license to operate the first rare earths plant outside China in years, despite public protests over fears of radioactive pollution.

THE HISTORY: Malaysia's last rare earth refinery by Japan's Mitsubishi group was closed in 1992 following protests and claims that it caused birth defects and leukemia. It is one of Asia's largest radioactive waste cleanup sites.