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New methodology assesses risk of scarce metals
Date:2/6/2012

r environmental damage from tailings ponds and may resist the development of a new mine.

Governmental policies, actions and stability can significantly affect the ability to obtain mineral resources. Graedel said that, in general, the more concentrated the mineral deposits in one area, the higher the risk of supply restriction.

"This work was stimulated by China's attempt to horde rare earth metals, which are being almost entirely mined and processed in China," said Graedel. "We asked ourselves: How do you know what's scarce? If you know a metal is scarce, how do you know if you should worry about it? We think this methodology has substantial legitimacy."


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