Lithium miner cited for violating endangered flower habitat


              FILE - This photo provided by the Center for Biological Diversity taken in June 2019, in the Silver Peak Range of western Nevada about halfway between Reno and Las Vegas shows Tiehm's buckwheat growing in the high desert where a lithium mine is planned. Five days after the Energy Department announced a $700 million conditional loan to an Australian mining company pursuing a contentious lithium project in Nevada, U.S. land managers cited it for trespassing within habitat of an endangered flower. (Patrick Donnelly/Center for Biological Diversity via AP, File)
            
              FILE - In this photo provided by the Center for Biological Diversity, Tiehm's buckwheat grows in the high desert in the Silver Peak Range of western Nevada about halfway between Reno and Las Vegas, in June 2019, where a lithium mine is planned. Five days after the Energy Department announced a $700 million conditional loan to an Australian mining company pursuing a contentious lithium project in Nevada, U.S. land managers cited it for trespassing within habitat of an endangered flower. (Patrick Donnelly/Center for Biological Diversity via AP, File)
            
              FILE - In this photo provided by the Center for Biological Diversity, is a laydown area for drilling operations within Tiehm's buckwheat critical habitat in Esmeralda County, Nev., Dec. 26, 2022. Five days after the Energy Department announced a $700 million conditional loan to an Australian mining company pursuing a contentious lithium project in Nevada, U.S. land managers cited it for trespassing within habitat of an endangered flower. (Patrick Donnelly/Center for Biological Diversity via AP, File)