Bloomberg Law
May 3, 2021, 10:30 AM

U.S. Lithium Production Hinges on a Mine-or-Wildflower Decision

Maya Earls
Maya Earls
Legal Reporter

A rare, pale yellow wildflower that seems to grow only in one place in Nevada has become a major headache for ioneer Ltd.’s planned $800 million lithium and boron mine.

Lithium is a key part of the global push toward a clean energy future, and ioneer Executive Chairman James Calaway says the mine could quadruple the metal’s production in the U.S. However, the mine could also wipe out Tiehm’s buckwheat, which needs the area’s unique harsh, lithium and boron-rich soil to survive.

Lithium is used to make batteries that power cell phones, electric cars, and a variety of other technologies ...

Learn more about Bloomberg Law or Log In to keep reading:

Learn About Bloomberg Law

AI-powered legal analytics, workflow tools and premium legal & business news.

Already a subscriber?

Log in to keep reading or access research tools.