Extracted materials:  Lithium brine (lithium carbonate, lithium chloride)

Audit timeline

Stage 1: desk audit started 15 February 2022

Stage 2: on-site audit occurred 28 Nov – 2 Dec 2022


Catamarca Province, Argentina

Audit details

Assessment type: Initial Audit

Assessment scope:  The assessment will include brine extraction, purification, evaporation/concentration, and waste disposal areas at Livent’s Fenix site, located in the Salar del Hombre Muerto, in Catamarca province, Argentina. During the assessment the impacts and issues associated with the site will be reviewed, and each operation and facility will be visited.

Livent proposed in its assessment application form that 21 chapters of the IRMA Standard apply at the Fenix site, and the company proposes that the following chapters are not relevant (during Stage 1 of the audit, SCS will assess the company’s proposal for why chapters are not relevant):

  • 2.4 – Resettlement
  • 3.4 – Mining in Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas
  • 3.6 – Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining
  • 4.7 – Cyanide Management
  • 4.8 – Mercury Management

Audit status: Stage 2 (on-site audit) complete; audit report drafting underway

Certification body: SCS Global Services (website)

Stakeholder engagement:  to provide input or participate in audits contact:

SCS Global Services
2000 Powell St. #600 Emeryville, California, USA 94608

Audit-related complaints

  • To file a complaint about the audit results (e.g., achievement level, scores, content of audit reports) contact SCS Global Services at feedback@scsglobalservices.com
  • To file a complaint about auditors or Certification Bodies (e.g., performance, competencies, potential conflicts of interest, etc.): file a complaint with IRMA.

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