A bill moving through the California Legislature would help clear the way for a novel technology to mine lithium from geothermal brine in the Golden State's Salton Sea region.
Assembly Bill 2205 would clarify that geothermal brine is exempt from certain state and federal regulation as are other byproducts of geothermal power production currently under the law.
According to a state Senate analysis, the bill "seeks to clarify that existing regulations and exemptions that apply to geothermal plants also apply to new processes that extract materials from geothermal waste in connection with that plant in a closed-loop system. The proposed amendment is intended to provide certainty to both geothermal developers and extraction companies, ensuring that neither party's geothermal exemption will be imperiled due to the extraction of beneficial commercial substances.". . .View Full Article