Lynas plant would benefit local universities: academician

KUALA LUMPUR, May 4 (Bernama) -- Local universities would benefit from researching rare earth minerals if the Lynas Corporation Ltd plant starts its operations, said Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) supreme council member Prof Datuk Ahmad Zaidee Laidin.

"Research in this country is expected to make a quantum leap with the existence of the plant. The local universities will surely be attracted to study rare earth minerals as they do abroad," he told Bernama here today.

Ahmad Zaidee said the plant in Gebeng, Pahang is an environmentally safe facility and complies with the conditions of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Commenting on the public's fear over the possibility of radiation from the plant, he said the material brought in from Australia and processed by Lynas is of the lowest level of radiation.

He explained that ASM's complete report after its research into the project is available for public viewing at the academy.