The mineral boron and its application to national security, the climate, and the economy is already well known. The mineral can can be found in electric vehicles, vital military hardware, wind turbines, solar panels, satellites, and more. However, the U.S. Geological Survey has yet to include boron on the list of “critical minerals,” which the Energy Act of 2020 defines as a non-fuel mineral or mineral material essential to the economic or national security of the U.S. and which has a supply chain vulnerable to disruption. That may be about to change as we discuss in EHS Law Insights.
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Boron-Domestic Boom on the Horizon
“Boron is where lithium was probably 10 years ago, " said Henri Tausch, CEO of 5E Advanced Materials Inc., which owns the mine known as Fort Cady. “Ten years ago, no one heard about lithium, no one talked about lithium, and no one was really aware that it could be a big problem.”