US May Face Rare Earth Metal Shortage, DOE Says

Law360, New York (December 15, 2010, 2:31 PM EST) -- The U.S. is heavily dependent on China for rare earth metals used in clean energy technologies and should examine new tactics to prevent potential shortages caused by volatile trade relations with the country, a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy says.

Released Wednesday, the report says the U.S. should begin preparing now for a growing global demand for these critical rare earth metals, including dysprosium, neodymium, terbium, europium and yttrium, and seek ways to boost U.S. production as well as examine the potential of...
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