North Carolina regulators permit lithium project

By Hannah Northey | 04/15/2024 01:28 PM EDT

But the proposed Piedmont Lithium mine still needs local approval before it can get started.

A 2024 EV6 sports utility vehicle charges.

A 2024 EV6 sports utility vehicle charges at the Denver Auto Show. Piedmont Lithium has received a state permit for its proposed lithium mine, which would produce lithium used in batteries for electric vehicles and other technology. David Zalubowski/AP

North Carolina regulators Monday signed off on a permit for a large lithium project on the outskirts of Charlotte, but local officials there say plenty of regulatory hurdles and environmental concerns remain.

Piedmont Lithium in a release revealed that the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has approved a permit for the company to construct, operate and reclaim a lithium mine in Gaston County.

Piedmont said the permit approval will be conditioned on the company posting a $1 million reclamation bond. The state agency did not immediately respond when asked about conditions for the permit.


North Carolina’s move to advance the project arrives as the demand for lithium, a key ingredient in lithium-ion batteries needed to power electric vehicles, smartphones and laptops, is slated to grow.