Bureau of Land Management seeks public input on Nevada lithium pilot project

Pilot extraction facility to be located 30 miles southwest of Tonopah in Clayton Valley

The Bureau of Land Management Nevada Tonopah Field Office is asking the public to comment on the draft environmental assessment for a proposed, temporary lithium pilot plant located in Clayton Valley, approximately 30 miles southwest of Tonopah. The proposed pilot plant would test processes for extracting lithium from brine.


The public comment period has been extended through April 14, 2021


The proposed project incorporates an existing water well, the pilot plant and an infiltration basin that would re-introduce the brine to the aquifer after the lithium is removed, thus maintaining the existing groundwater balance in the area. The facilities would be removed at the conclusion of the pilot testing period. 


The public comment period began March 10 and has been extended through April 14, 2021. Written comments can be submitted online at the NEPA Register site; mailed to the BLM Tonopah Field Office at 1553 South Main Street, P.O. Box 911; Tonopah, NV 89049; or emailed to BLM_NV_BMDO_TFO_NonRenewable@blm.gov. Please put “Clayton Valley Pilot Plant Project” in the subject line. 


Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or questions. The Federal Relay Service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.  


The environmental documents, lists, maps, and information for public viewing online at https://go.usa.gov/xsysE.

This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. 

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Jess D. Harvey