KUANTAN: Rare earth refiner Lynas Corp is close to having its residue-derived soil conditioner product in the market, rendering the need for a permanent disposal facility irrelevant.
Lynas Malaysia vice-president Datuk Mashal Ahmad said this was because the water leach purification (WLP) residue at the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant would be converted into the Condisoil product over time.
“We are in the process of registering Condisoil with the Department of Environment (DoE) and the Department of Agriculture and approval is expected very soon.
Condisoil has been confirmed by the Atomic Energy Licensing Board and Nuclear Malaysia as non-radioactive.
Sirim has also confirmed it to be non-carcinogenic and non-ecotoxic.
“The product is safe for people, animals, the environment, crops and produce,” he said at Lynas’ Hari Raya open house here.
Mashal said Condisoil had been tested extensively over the past three years in partnership with the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute, Universiti Putra Malaysia and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
“We have invested over RM7mil to ensure the tests are comprehensive and all parametres are properly quantified. Now I am happy to tell you that Condisoil can actually improve outcome for plants grown on problematic soils like those found in the east coast.