US Too Dependent On China For Minerals, Sens. Told

Law360, New York (September 30, 2010, 1:11 PM EDT) -- Energy industry leaders on Thursday urged federal lawmakers to improve regulatory and permitting processes for the domestic use of rare earth minerals, voicing concern that the nation's access to critical elements depends too heavily on tenuous trade relations with China.

With 95 percent of the world's REMs produced in China, the U.S. must facilitate domestic production to make the country less susceptible to a potential trade barriers from China, David Sandalow, assistant secretary for policy and international affairs for the U.S. Department of Energy, told the...
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