By Dipo Olowookere
Former California Senate Majority Leader, Mr Richard Polanco, has been retained by MGX Minerals to work at the firm’s advisor and consultant.
With this appointment, Mr Polanco will lead direct negotiations with the State of California and local municipalities regarding targeted exploration locations and sites identified by MGX as potential partnerships and acquisition targets to secure feedstock and operating sites.
These sites will utilize the Company’s patented rapid recovery process to concentrate lithium and other minerals and metals from brine.
Mr Polanco will also advise MGX on local environmental solutions and support ongoing community and stakeholder relations.
“MGX is changing the way we look at the energy industry and the environment. I feel the company is poised for growth by combining cleantech and mineral extraction to extract lithium and produce a clean water byproduct using low energy nano-filtration.
“I am excited to join the company and work alongside their accomplished team as they expand into California,” the retired lawmaker said.
Mr Polanco is a former California State Assembly member and Senator, having been first elected in 1986. He served in the State Assembly for eight years and in 1994 was elected to the State Senate where he served as Senate Majority Leader from 1998 until his retirement in 2002.
Prior to elected office, Mr Polanco also served on the staff of Los Angeles County Supervisor Ed Edelman, Assemblyman Richard Alatorre and former Governor Jerry Brown.
MGX currently controls over two million acres of known lithium- bearing brine areas throughout North America.
The company’s rapid recovery process concentrates lithium, magnesium and other minerals from a variety of wastewaters using low energy, low cost nano-filtration technology. This proprietary design process is currently covered under patent and patent-pending applications.
MGX and engineering partner PurLucid Treatment Solutions have integrated this design process with exclusively licensed and patented nanoflotation technology that purifies wastewaters.
Combined, this Cleantech has global implications as it can be utilized in a variety of different scenarios, ranging from oilfield operations to municipality treatment centres, or as standalone lithium and mineral extraction units with clean water by-product.
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