Full Title: Blue Ribbon Commission on Lithium Extraction in California Submits Final Report to State Legislature
Author(s): Silvia Paz, Ryan E. Kelley, Steve Castaneda, Rod Colwell, Roderic Dolega, Miranda Flores, James C. Hanks, Arthur Lopez, Luis Olmedo, Alice Reynolds, Frank Ruiz, Manfred Scott, Tom Soto, and Jonathan Weisgall
Publisher(s): California Energy Commission
Publication Date: December 1, 2022
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Assembly Bill 1657 was drafted and signed with the vision to increase possibilities for the Salton Sea region, with both the potential for the area becoming a competitive source of lithium supply that could satisfy more than one-third of the worldwide demand and investing in local and regional economic and community investment opportunities. AB 1657 took effect on January 1, 2021, and required the California Energy Commission to convene and establish a Blue Ribbon Commission on Lithium Extraction in California, composed of 14 representatives and experts, to review, investigate, and analyze specific topics relating to lithium extraction in California and submit a report to the Legislature, documenting its findings and any recommendations developed after conducting the required review and analyses. The report also presents perspectives of community members and California Native American Tribes in or near the Riverside and Imperial counties.