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Uranium is no longer on the U.S.'s critical minerals list

President Joe Biden continues to roll back the actions of his predecessor.

During the Trump administration, uranium was placed on the government’s critical minerals list, and a domestic uranium-buying program was created.

But the U.S. Geological Survey has released a draft of a new list of 50 minerals, and uranium is not on it.

According to the USGS, a critical mineral "is defined as a non-fuel mineral or mineral material essential to the economic or national security of the U.S., as well as the supply chain, which is vulnerable to disruption."

Industry analysts say that uranium, while valuable as a fuel, is not rare, and that the country has enough of it stockpiled to last for nearly two decades.

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Ron Dungan was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2020 to 2024.