This is a partner podcast episode, brought to you by South32.

Pat Risner spent 25 years as an engineer, general manager, and executive at one of the largest mining companies in the world, BHP. Today, he’s the president of the Hermosa Project, a mining development in Arizona run by the global mining firm, South32. 

That mine is the only advanced project in America that could produce manganese and zinc – two critical minerals that are essential to batteries and renewables.

In this episode, produced in partnership with South32, Pat Risner talks with Stephen Lacey about the importance of the Hermosa project for America’s clean energy supply chain – and what it means to run a next-generation mine.

To learn more about how Hermosa can help power the nation’s clean energy future and strengthen the domestic supply chain of critical minerals, go to