New rules approved to regulate mining in Gaston County

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Tuesday night, Gaston County commissioners approved new rules for mining operations, including standards for fencing, lighting, noise control, and other operations.

Piedmont Lithium has proposed an $840 million facility in northern Gaston County. It plans to supply lithium for Tesla as well as other electric car batteries.

Some neighbors say they're concerned about traffic and environmental damage from blasting at the mine.

The county's new rules allow for mining in industrial zones, with a special use permit. Piedmont Lithium has applied for a state mining permit but has not yet applied for local zoning approval.

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