CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Governor Greg Abbott and Tesla CEO Elon Musk were in Robstown on Monday along and other local, state, and federal leaders for the official groundbreaking of Tesla’s lithium refining facility

The $375 million refinery will be located south of Robstown on US 77 and county road 28.

A first-of-its-kind in North America, the Tesla refinery will produce battery-grade lithium and house battery materials processing, refining, and manufacturing operations.

“We need lithium for the phone in your hands, the batteries that will be in Tesla trucks, for other purposes. Texas wants to be able to increase our ability to refine lithium. You have taken that step with this project,” Governor Greg Abbott said today at the groundbreaking.

Tesla representatives say the plant is a “near environmentally neutral site” meaning it has little to no impact on the surrounding environment.

“There’s no toxic emissions or anything, you could live right in the middle of the refinery and not suffer any ill effects,” said Musk.

Editor’s Note: Click here to read reporter Shane Rackley’s story on KRIS 6 TV.

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