No lithium mining without environmental impact assessment

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 03-12-2018 08:31:00 · 1 Comments
No lithium mining without environmental impact assessment

Portugal’s environment minister said there would be no lithium mining in Boticas without an environmental impact assessment, explaining that the government saw the business from a perspective of added value.

If the company that owns the prospection licence wants to move into production, it will have to conduct an environmental impact assessment and only then will it be possible to see whether there are conditions for lithium mining or not João Pedro Matos Fernandes said in Guimarães, on the sidelines of a conference about plastics, organised by Minho University.

The minister said that lithium mining was necessary to ensure there was an industrial cluster to process the lithium and allow for mobility to be electrified as part of the energy transition.

The minister of the environment and energy transition said lithium mining should be seen from two points of view. Firstly the role that lithium as a raw material can have in battery construction and secondly from the added value perspective, he added.


Any new mining has to include the transformation of the material being extracted. Let us not repeat the mistakes of the past where a few make all the money leaving a dump behind for others to resolve and pay for the ecological disaster.
by P Cardoso from Other on 03-12-2018 09:03:00
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