Lithium Reactivity Risks

Lithium in itself has associated risks since it is a group 1 alkali metal with one valence electron, and this means it is highly reactive. In the fall of 2017 the community of Silver Peak, NV had an evacuation scare when pure Lithium being stored on site combusted, and produced toxic fumes. The cause of this lithium fire is believed to be exposure to rainwater. It is clear that if lithium production is to increase, a plan of recycling used batteries must be in place in order to ensure that these batteries don’t become hazardous waste which poses significant risks to human and environmental well being.