Just how strong is the U.S. supply chain for cobalt, lithium and other materials critical for everything from mobile phone batteries to solar panels? What does responsible extraction of those materials look like? In episode 12, anchor Brock Yordy considers the interplay of environmental benchmarks and the responsible extraction of critical minerals in the United States.

“These critical minerals provide the building blocks for many modern technologies and are essential to our national security and economic prosperity,” Yordy says.

This episode covers:

  • Particulate exposure risks for drilling, construction workers
  • Proper fit for an N95 mask
  • Best practices for handling particulate materials on drilling, construction jobs
  • The recent gas leak on Alaska’s North Slope
  • The latest on Waters of the United States (WOTUS)
  • Tellurium production in the U.S.
  • New tellurium production in Utah by Rio Tinto
  • Rare earth and other minerals required for green energy applications like solar
  • The U.S. supply chain for minerals like lithium and cobalt
  • Setting environmental standards for responsible, sustainable mineral production

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