Stop Lynas Save Malaysia (SMSL) has obtained leave to challenge the Atomic Energy Licensing Board’s decision to grant a temporary operating licence (TOL) for the Lynas rare earth processing plant in Gebeng.
Tan said Lynas’ lawyers had turned up in court this morning to apply to become a party to the proceedings.
“But they withdrew at the last minute when (lawyers) from all the three parties (government, Lynas and SMSL) met in chambers” he said.
To the group’s surprise, he said, the attorney-general’s chambers (AGC) did not oppose the application for judicial review.
“We expected the representatives from the (AGC) to raise an objection … but instead they consented,” he said.
On Feb 1, the government had approved the TOL for the Lynas Advanced Material Plant in Gebeng.
Following fierce opposition from locals demanding the revocation of the TOL, a parliamentary select committee was set up to study the matter.
Subsequently, the TOL approval remained but additional conditions were imposed on Lynas.
Lynas had in July attempted to obtain a gag order against SMSL which has been vocal of the project, which will be crucial in breaking China’s monopoly of the rare earths processing industry.
However, the Kuala Lumpur High Court dismissed the application, ruling that the matter is of public interest.