Lithium Mine for Gaston County Faces Push-back From Environmental Groups

A N.C. company looking to bring a lithium mine to Gaston County is facing push-back from environmental groups, despite a deal already in place to use the mine’s products for electric vehicle batteries. Piedmont Lithium has submitted an application to open a lithium mine near the town of Cherryville on about 1,500 acres of private land. The $839-million project would bring some 500 jobs with an average salary of $90,000. If permits are approved, the mine could be operational in 2024.