24 Sep '12, 5am

New California Law to Boost Sustainable Materials Industry

New California Law to Boost Sustainable Materials Industry

Do you think it is possible to mine lithium and manganese without actually excavating it from the ground? It is. And, unlike material mining in general, which technically causes destruction for every unit of minerals extracted, minerals such as lithium, manganese, and other minerals can be extracted from what is called geothermal brine. California’s Gov. Jerry Brown has signed AB 2205 into law to pave the way for the geothermal brine mineral extraction industry. It is intended to bring extraction regulations “up to date.” Iceland’s Krafla geothermal power plant. Did you know that all of Iceland’s electricity comes from renewable sources? (Hydroelectric and geothermal power plants are the main sources.) “AB2205 will accelerate the green economy in California,” said Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett. “Lithium and other critical materials found in the Salton Sea Geothermal...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/09/24/new-california-law-to...

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