Australia's Lynas fires up Malaysian plant

Australian miner Lynas Corp has said it had begun processing rare earths at a controversial new plant in Malaysia, after being delayed for more than a year due to public opposition over health fears.

Earlier this month, Lynas cleared a final hurdle when a court gave the go-ahead for the company to fire up the US$800-million plant in the eastern state of Pahang. 

The move came despite residents' and activists' fears over radioactive waste.