Ioneer Advances Rhyolite Ridge Lithium-Boron Project in Nevada

Ioneer Ltd, an Australian mining company, is making significant progress in the development of its Rhyolite Ridge Lithium-Boron Project in Nevada. The company has reached a crucial phase in the project’s advancement, with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issuing the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project, a key step in the environmental permitting process.

The draft EIS is particularly notable as it is the first to be issued under the Biden Administration’s initiative to boost domestic lithium production. This reflects the project’s importance in contributing to the US electric vehicle (EV) battery production supply chain, as it aims to provide a sustainable source of lithium and boron, two critical materials for clean energy transitions.

Ioneer’s managing director, Bernard Rowe, discussed the latest developments with Proactive’s Jonathan Jackson. Rowe highlighted the collaborative approach Ioneer has taken, working closely with various federal, state, local agencies, and Tribal Nations over the years to ensure the project’s responsible and sustainable development.

One of the key aspects of the revised mining proposal is the company’s commitment to safeguarding the endangered Tiehm’s Buckwheat, a rare plant species found in the project area. This showcases Ioneer’s dedication to responsible mining practices and its efforts to minimize the environmental impact of the project.

The draft EIS is now open for public comment, reflecting the transparency and inclusiveness of the process. Following the finalization of the EIS and the necessary permits, Ioneer anticipates starting construction and commencing production at the Rhyolite Ridge Lithium-Boron Project by 2027.

The Rhyolite Ridge project is poised to play a significant role in the US’s efforts to secure a domestic supply of critical minerals for the growing EV industry. Ioneer’s commitment to sustainability and collaboration with stakeholders underscores the company’s focus on responsible development, which will be crucial as the project moves closer to construction and production.


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