Lynas Malaysia and the rare earth contr…

Two decades ago, Mitsubishi Chemical established a rare earth plant in an area called Bukit Merah west of the city of Ipoh in Malaysia. And for the last two decades, both Mitsubishi and Malaysia have been paying the price. It has cost RM300 million (US$99.2 million) so far to clean up the closed plant, and the cleanup has not been completed yet. The deaths of eight plant workers from leukemia have been laid at the plant's door because thorium, a byproduct of the refining process, was allegedly thick in the air.

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