Article Credit: Charlotte Business Journal
Piedmont Lithium is working with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality's Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources (DEMLR) on the state permitting process for their proposed mining project in Gaston County. They are planning to secure its needed approvals for the Carolina Lithium project in 2024, with construction.
"We understand DEMLR’s desire to be thorough in this process, and, likewise, we expect to be diligent in our response to provide further clarification on our plans to address environmental monitoring and mitigation," said Monique Parker, Piedmont Lithium's Senior Vice President of Safety, Environment and Health.
Piedmont Lithium has around 3,600 acres in Gaston County that it owns, leases or has under contract for the Carolina Lithium project.
The company expects to employ 428 people at the project upon full buildout.
The jobs would pay an average annual wage of $82,181.
What's next: Should Piedmont Lithium's goal of a 2024 approval and a 2025 construction start be achieved for Carolina Lithium, operations would begin there in 2027.
Parker expressed her excitement by stating, "We remain extremely pleased with the significant progress we have made in our planning to date and are looking forward to advancing to the rezoning and approval process with Gaston County following receipt of our state mining permit".