Lithium Americas (TSX: LAC) (NYSE: LAC) said today it received its final environmental impact statement for the Thacker Pass lithium project from the United States Bureau of Land Management.
In 2018, Lithium Americas completed a pre-feasibility study (PFS) on a two phase project with a production capacity designed to reach 60,000 tpa of battery-grade lithium carbonate (Li2CO3) and 46 year mine life. Total cost is $1.06 billion to build.
“The publication of the Final EIS is the culmination of more than a decade of work studying, exploring and developing the Thacker Pass project,” commented Jon Evans, President and CEO. “Thacker Pass has the potential to provide future sources of high-quality lithium chemicals critical for establishing a strong domestic lithium supply chain required to support a low-carbon economy.”
The final step in the Federal permitting process for Thacker Pass is the issuance of the Record of Decision by the BLM. The ROD is expected to be issued in early 2021.
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