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Canadian Company Plans to Mine Lithium in Humboldt

9 February 2011

Wed Feb 9, 2011

RENO, Nev. (AP) – A Canadian company that hopes to use a mineral clay to power a new generation of hybrid and electric vehicles is developing plans for a lithium mine in northern Nevada.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reported Monday that Western Lithium Corp. of Vancouver, B.C., expects to develop the fifth-largest lithium mine in the world at the site in northern Humboldt County near the Nevada-Oregon line.

Western Lithium development official Dennis Bryan says the company believes it could produce 11 million tons of lithium carbonate from the Kings Valley site.

The company plans to employ up to 150 people to produce up to 15,000 tons a year.

Bryan says that would be a big boost for worldwide lithium carbonate production of about 120,000 tons a year. Most now comes from Chile and Argentina.

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Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com