(AP)—Australian miner Lynas Corp. says it has secured the Malaysian government's approval to fire up a controversial rare earths plant.
The operating license ends months of delays sparked by safety concerns surrounding the Australian company's plans to process rare earths crucial for manufacturing high-tech products.
Lynas said in a statement Wednesday it can now transport rare earths concentrate to Malaysia and potentially start the refinery in October.
Lynas reiterated Wednesday the plant was "fully compliant with international standards."
The refinery is to be the first in years outside China, which has restrictions on rare earth exports.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.