Laborers work at a Lynas plant in Gebeng, 270 kilometers east of Kuala Lumpur, on April 19, 2012. The subject of numerous environmental concerns, the Lynas plant may not help the United States and others find a short-term replacement for Chinese rare earth supplies.
Given China's threats to halt rare earth exports to the U.S., a processing plant in Malaysia stands to remain a critical source for some of those elements -- so long as the operator can address environmental concerns....
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