Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks
Alaska has at least one major deposit of rare-earth elements, and state geologists think they’ll find more during a three-year study they hope to begin this summer. Alaska may have a lot of the highly valuable substances that are essential to manufacturing electronics and other high-tech products.
But finding them is the easy part – the first step in what state and federal officials say is a critical need for U.S. economic and national security.
KUAC’s Tim Ellis outlines the challenges of creating a U.S. rare-earths industry, and Alaska’s role in that important effort, in this second of two reports.
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