"Georgia Regulators Release Plans For Mine Near Okefenokee"

"Georgia regulators released detailed plans Thursday for a titanium mine near the fabled Okefenokee swamp, a project that’s drawn the ire of environmental groups and the head of the Interior Department.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Environmental Protection Division, which is overseeing permitting for the mine, announced it’s now taking public comment on Alabama-based Twin Pines Minerals LLC’s proposal to establish a 773-acre “demonstration mining area,” to mine for titanium and zirconium near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

Twin Pines wants to extract titanium near the nation’s largest blackwater swamp for a wide array of markets, from consumer paint pigments to military equipment and medical technologies. Titanium is a mineral critical to national security, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (Greenwire, June 6, 2022)."

Hannah Northey reports for E&E News January 19, 2023.

Source: E&E News, 01/23/2023