“The ORE Act is a great start. There is no doubt that if we are going to see these rare earths supply chain established in North America government has to help by providing incentives to businesses and entrepreneurs to make that whole supply chain happen. It is not as simple as just starting a new mining operation and everything will happen easily after that. I think it is encouraging that they recognize that now that they do need to provide these incentives and maybe we will actually start to see them.” States Don Bubar, President, CEO and Director of Avalon Advanced Materials Inc. (TSX: AVL | OTCQB: AVLNF), in an interview with InvestorIntel’s Tracy Weslosky.
Don went on to say that the whole COVID-19 pandemic has raised awareness in the public about the vulnerability of supply chain in North America by relying on a sole source of supply, especially when it comes from a country like China. He added, “There is increasing trade tension between China and the US. If that continues to grow then for sure there is real risk of China weaponizing their control on the supply chain of rare earths and other critical minerals.”
Don also provided an update on Avalon’s Separation Rapids Lithium Project. He said that the company is increasingly seeing real opportunities with their Separation Rapids Lithium Project. There is a lot of innovation happening in the glass ceramics space that prefers a form of lithum that is in the high purity mineral petalite at Separation Rapids. The demand from the battery sector is also continuing to grow.
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