The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME)

Why it is crucial to re-establish a rare earths minerals production industry in the U.S

It is crucial to re-establish a domestic rare earths minerals production industry to help secure the Nation’s clean energy future, reduce the U.S. vulnerability to material shortages related to national defence, and to maintain our global technical and economic competitiveness.

Given that the Chinese dominance of the rare earths market has adversely impacted supply stability and endangers the United States and its allies’ assured access to key materials, rare earths should qualify as materials either strategic or critical to national security. Further, the U.S. government should facilitate the reintroduction of a globally competitive rare earth industry in the U.S.

This paper was published by The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME) and has been given permission to re-publish it here. You can access the original document here - http://www.smenet.org/gpac/


Why it is crucial to re-establish a rare earths minerals production industry in the U.S.

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