What will a really, REALLY, big battery plant mean?

Recently our governor and Ford executives held a joint press conference to announce the start of a massive project to build a battery plant in the Southeast quadrant of our state.  A five billion dollar investment and thousands of jobs is promised.  I guess I am a pessimist.  I saw several hundred acres of Kentucky hill country become a waste land harboring some of the most toxic chemicals known to man.  Here is a picture of Bayon Obo; China where most of these raw materials come from.  I am kind of re-thinking some of my acceptance of electric power as the answer to everything.

  You can see this from space as a scar on the Outer Mongolian landscape.  I know — not my backyard.  But still………