State lithium panel finalizes lengthy report, seeks new economic zone, health and water studies

California’s Lithium Valley Commission has prepared a comprehensive report on how to maximize development of the critical mineral and create jobs and economic opportunities, with the aim of protecting public health and benefiting local communities.

The panel recommends that a new Southeastern California Economic Development Zone be created, stretching from Imperial County north through the eastern Coachella Valley and Palo Verde to the northeast, and that major federal and state funds be directed toward lithium extraction and mining. Should be sought to promote related industry in the area. including battery manufacturing and recycling. Composed by environmental, community and tribal representatives, the commission also wants such industry to have easier access to permits and regulatory documents, along with concerns about residents of East Riverside County near the Salton Sea and potential health impacts on water supplies and water quality. Study to be done on public access. ,

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