Ames Tribune: Energy secretary says research at Ames Lab is critical to reducing reliance on China for rare minerals

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Developments like those at Ames Laboratory to recover rare magnets from computer waste are critical to national security, U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said during an Iowa stop Wednesday.

Concerns about the United States’ reliance on supplies from foreign nations have surfaced during COVID-19 pandemic as health officials scramble for medical supplies.

The questions have been the impetus in recent U.S. efforts to secure access to rare minerals that are essential for highly advanced technologies.

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