November 2022
Volume 74    Issue 280

The United States needs more minerals; Lengthy permitting process keeps them in the ground

Mining Engineering , 2022, Vol. 74, No. 280, pp. 28-28
Gleason, William


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The fragility of already vulnerable supply chains was brought to light first by the COVID-19 pandemic and then by rising geopolitical unrest precipitated largely by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. What was once a concern is now a crisis for many commodities, and especially for the 50 mineral commodities that have been deemed critical minerals by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). In addition to the aforementioned causes for supply-chain disruptions that have impacted everything from toilet paper to electric vehicles (EV), the race to electrification of the transportation and energy sectors has added to the pressure.  



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