Desert wildflower halts lithium mine project

Original article by
The Australian – Page: 18 : 8-Jan-20

The US subsidiary of Australian-listed Ioneer Limited has agreed to suspend exploration work at a lithium project on federal land in Nevada. This follows concerns that mining would pose a threat to a rare species of desert wildflower called Tiehm’s buckwheat, which is found only in Nevada’s Silver Peak Range. The Center for Biological Diversity had launched legal action against the Trump administration in a bid to stop further exploration at Ioneer’s tenements in order to protect the wildflower. The lawsuit was withdrawn after Ioneer USA agreed to put exploration on hold.

CORPORATES
IONEER LIMITED – ASX INR, CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY

Rio eyes US lithium market with pilot plant

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 19 : 23-Oct-19

Rio Tinto has approved the development of a $US10m ($14.6m) pilot plant that will produce lithium from waste rock at its borate operations in the US. Rio Tinto executive Bold Baatar says the company could potentially become the largest producer of battery-grade lithium in the US. Rio Tinto may invest $US50m in a full-scale processing plant if the trials are successful, producing about 5,000 tonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent each year.

CORPORATES
RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, ALBERMARLE CORPORATION, KIDMAN RESOURCES LIMITED, WESFARMERS LIMITED – ASX WES, IONEER LIMITED – ASX INR