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  • DOE rare earths REE refinery US domestic supply chain EV battery lithium-ion

    DOE eyes unconventional REE refinery

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 8, 2023

    Looking to break America's reliance on China for rare earths and critical minerals, the U.S. Department of Energy is investing $140 million to develop a facility that extracts these minerals from unconventional sources and then refines them into the metals needed for electric vehicles, renewable energy generation, and other modern technologies. These technological advances are creating new demand for a suite of minerals and metals that are often rare and in short supply. In... Full story

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    Biden urged to support domestic mining

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 8, 2023

    A group of bipartisan senators and a conservation organization are urging the White House to take definitive actions to bolster domestic production of the minerals critical to clean energy and national security. In a March 11 letter to President Biden, Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska); Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), and Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana) pointed out that the "lack of home-grown production... Full story

  • President Biden Defense Production Act DPA EV lithium battery metals

    Biden issues battery materials order

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    With mass production of batteries that store intermittent renewable energy and power electric vehicles being a vital component of the envisioned clean energy future, the Biden administration has authorized use of the Defense Production Act to bolster American supplies of these critical battery minerals and materials. "Specifically, the DPA will be authorized to support the production and processing of minerals and materials used for large capacity batteries – such as l... Full story

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    DOE earmarks $3.2B for battery materials

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    To help shore up domestic supplies of the cobalt, graphite, lithium, nickel, and other materials that go into lithium-ion batteries, the U.S. Department of Energy has directed $3.16 billion from the $1 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to bolster supply chains. This multi-billion-dollar funding comes a month after President Biden authorized the Pentagon to utilize the estimated $750 million of available Defense Production Act Title III funding to establish and... Full story

  • Rubidoux sandstone outcropping the southern Missouri Ozark Mountains.

    USGS scours Ozarks for critical minerals

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    To gain a better understanding of the potential for critical minerals in the Ozarks, the U.S. Geological Survey has partnered with Arkansas and Missouri geologists on a $2.75 million program that will result in collecting "the largest continuous swath of geophysical data in the United States focused on critical mineral resources." This program is being carried out under the Earth Mapping Resources Initiative, or Earth MRI, a partnership between the USGS, Association of... Full story

  • An old road closed barricade on an overgrown roadway.

    Sen. Sullivan halts Defense nominees

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, is holding up the nominations of three senior Department of Defense nominees until he gets some answers on why the Biden administration pulled the permits for a road to the Ambler Mining District, a region of Alaska with deposits of copper, cobalt, zinc, and other minerals critical to the renewable energy and defense technologies. The Alaska senator made the announcement while questioning two of the nominees – Radha Plumb, nominated to b... Full story

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    DOE investing $209M in lithium battery tech

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 17, 2023

    In a move to fund research and build alliances across America's lithium battery supply chain, the U.S. Department of Energy is providing $209 million for 26 new national laboratory research projects focused on electric vehicles and the next generation of advanced batteries that will power them. "President Biden's administration wants to make it easier for millions of American families and businesses to make the switch to electric vehicles," said Secretary of Energy Jennifer... Full story

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    And then there were 50 critical minerals

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 5, 2022

    The U.S. Geological Survey has unveiled a proposed list of 50 minerals and metals critical to the United States. While this seems to be a major jump over the 35 critical minerals on the original list published in 2018, most of the increase is from a much-needed breakdown of the rare earth elements and platinum group metals. Listed as a single commodity on the 2018 critical minerals list, rare earths are a group of 15 individual elements, each with their own properties, uses,... Full story

  • A Tesla 4680 lithium-ion cell for EVs against a background of colorful swirls.

    DOE loans Syrah $102M for graphite plant

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 2, 2022

    To bolster supplies of the lithium-ion battery materials needed for America's transition to electric vehicles, the U.S. Department of Energy's Loan Programs Office is loaning Syrah Resources Ltd. $102.1 million to expand Vidalia, a processing facility in Louisiana that upgrades mined graphite into a material needed in the lithium-ion batteries powering electric vehicles and modern electronics. "Securing critical materials, such as lithium and graphite, is essential to...

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    Without a word uranium becomes critical

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    The U.S. Geological Survey has identified 50 minerals and metals critical to the economic wellbeing and security of the United States, uranium is not one of them. This omission of a mineral that plays a critical role in America's energy security does not sit well with a bipartisan group of congressmen that have introduced legislation to rectify this oversight. "Energy security is national security. We should not be reliant on our foreign adversaries like China and Russia to...

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    UK gathers critical minerals intelligence

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    To help ensure it has reliable and plentiful supplies of the minerals and metals essential to the high-tech and green energy future, the United Kingdom has announced the launch of its Critical Minerals Intelligence Centre in Nottingham, England. Critical minerals are essential for the manufacturing of smartphones, electric vehicles, wind turbines, fighter jets, and an enormous array of other products essential to the UK's economy and national security. With the global...

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    White House funds critical minerals search

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    The U.S. Department of the Interior is distributing more than $74.6 million to 30 states for critical minerals investigations under the U.S. Geological Survey Earth Mapping Resources Initiative, or Earth MRI. These investments, which include $64 million in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, aim to help improve the understanding of domestic critical mineral resources, a key to securing a reliable, domestic, and sustainable supply of minerals and metals critical t...

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    Russia's war heightens antimony concerns

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    The supply chain repercussions of Russia's war with Ukraine have policymakers in Washington, DC concerned about securing supplies of antimony, which is critical to renewable energy storage technologies and national defense. Antimony is a metalloid, which means it falls between metals such as zinc and solid nonmetals like sulfur, with some interesting properties that make it a strategic material for the U.S. military. "Antimony is a key ingredient in communication equipment,... Full story

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    An Ontario critical minerals strategy

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Ontario has developed a mines-to-market critical minerals strategy that leverages rich stores of critical minerals in the northern reaches of the Canadian province, the already well-established mining sector found there, and the robust manufacturing sector that has been developed in the south. "The Critical Minerals Strategy is our government's blueprint to connect industries, resources and workers in our province's north to the future of manufacturing in the south as we...

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    USGS finalizes 2022 critical minerals list

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    The U.S. Geological Survey has finalized a list of 50 minerals and metals critical to the United States. While seemingly a large increase over the 35 critical minerals on the 2018 list, most of the additions are from individually listing the constituents of two mineral groups, rare earth elements and platinum group metals. In addition to listing each rare earth and platinum group element individually, the changes to the list of U.S. critical minerals include the addition of...

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    EU action plan starts with magnet recycling

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    The European Raw Materials Alliance released its action plan to secure access to rare earth elements for the industrial sector in the European Union. Detailed in a 38-page report published on Sept. 30, the plan outlines current and projected European demand for REEs and steps that should be taken to secure their supply. "The EU has committed to the goal of becoming climate neutral by 2050. The raw materials needs to facilitate this energy transition are massive, and Europe...

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    Australia backs critical minerals sector

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Seeking to solidify Australia as a leading supplier of the critical minerals that are increasingly being required for electric vehicles, renewable energy, telecommunications, aerospace, defense, and other advanced technologies, the federal government is establishing an AU$2 billion (US$1.44 billion) loan facility for Australian mining projects poised to deliver these vital materials to global markets. Understanding that traditional funding options are often difficult due to...

  • China lithium Afghanistan rare earths Joe Biden IndexBox Beijing Taliban EV

    US exit leaves China $1T of Afghan metals

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    The United States' withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan opened the door for China to swoop in and lay claim to the more than $1 trillion worth of lithium, rare earths, and other metals and gems estimated to lie below a landscape marked by more than 40 years of continuous war. Digging up the rich natural resources in Afghanistan will not be easy and it is not likely that China will consider the now Taliban-run country as a dependable source of critical minerals and metals in t...

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    Canada, EU forge critical minerals alliance

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Canada and the European Union have forged a new strategic partnership to help secure the supply chains for minerals and metals critical to the global transition to a low-carbon and digitized economy, as well as reduce dependence on China for the raw materials essential to electric vehicles, renewable energy, and advanced battery storage. Following the G7 summit, held in Cornwall, United Kingdom over the weekend, Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau individually met with...

  • President Joe Biden U.S. critical mineral supply chain domestic REE

    White House wants new critical mining, laws

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    The Biden administration sees domestic mining as an important segment at the front end of the critical supply chains it endeavors to strengthen, as long as the mining is carried out at the highest environmental, labor, and sustainability standards. The "Executive order on America's Supply Chains" signed by President Joe Biden in February tasked federal agencies to carry out a 100-day assessment of the vulnerabilities to United States supply chains and to find solutions to...

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    More US critical minerals action needed

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 12, 2022

    While hailing President Joe Biden's use of the Defense Production Act to bolster domestic supplies of battery minerals and materials as a win for rebuilding United States supply chains, the bipartisan group of senators that urged this action say more needs to be done to curb America's heavy dependence on oft adversarial countries for the minerals and metals critical to the nation's security and economic wellbeing. "While I am heartened that President Biden is heeding our... Full story

  • Teck Resources Alaska Red Dog zinc germanium critical minerals fiber optics

    America's largest critical minerals mine

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Mar 8, 2022

    On Feb. 22, 2022, Teck Resources Ltd.'s Red Dog Mine in Northwest Alaska became the largest critical minerals operation in the United States, both in terms of quantity and value of the materials produced at this world-class base, precious, and critical minerals operation. Being catapulted to America's top dog when it comes to critical minerals production is not due to the germanium produced, though this semiconductor metal vital to ultrafast computing and communications is... Full story

  • General Motors GM sources domestic United States supplies of battery materials

    Domestic mining key to Biden EV strategy

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 15, 2021

    While laying out an action plan to establish the national network of electric vehicle charging stations needed to keep pace with its ambitious goal of 50% of all vehicles sold in the United States being electric by 2030, the Biden administration reiterated that domestic battery manufacturing and critical minerals supplies are key aspects of the overall EV strategy. The White House is backing up this commitment to domestic battery supply chains with roughly $20 billion in loan... Full story

  • Jennifer Granholm DOE investment domestic critical minerals supply chain

    DOE awards $30M for critical metals R&D

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 3, 2021

    With renewable energy and electric vehicles driving enormous new demand, the United States Department of Energy is investing $30 million into 13 projects to develop new technologies that will help secure the supply of critical materials such as cobalt, platinum group metals, and rare earth elements needed to build clean energy technologies. The selected national lab- and university-led research projects aim to diversify the supply of, develop substitutes for, and improve the... Full story

  • Round Top Texas Minerals Resources REE magnets EV Pennsylvania bipartisan bill

    US rare earth magnet sector seeks support

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 31, 2021

    The National Mining Association and a group of 16 companies working to establish a complete rare earths mines-to-magnets supply chain in the United States are urging Congress to approve legislation that would provide tax incentives for the domestic manufacturing of REE magnets. Earlier this month, Reps. Eric Swalwell (D-California) and Guy Reschenthaler (R-Pennsylvania) introduced HR 5033, a bipartisan bill to help stimulate domestic production of rare earth magnets as part... Full story

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