Alaska Summit on critical mining minerals to be held next week

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    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - In partnership with state and congressional leaders, the University of Alaska will host a summit to explore Alaska’s role in meeting the country’s need for a domestic supply of critical mineral resources.

    The gathering will include policymakers, industry leaders, Alaska Native corporations, state and federal agencies, and top scientists and researchers. Alaska’s Minerals - A National Strategic Imperative, will take place August 22 - 23 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks against the backdrop of the United State’s $369 million investment to jumpstart clean energy development.

    A release from the University said that critical minerals plentiful in Alaska – copper, lithium, nickel, cobalt, and rare earth elements – are essential components in clean energy technologies from wind turbines and electricity networks to electric vehicles. Securing a domestic supply of critical minerals is essential for both the country’s green energy goals and national defense.

    Senators Murkowski and Sullivan will kick off the summit on the first day with a discussion about mineral development in Alaska as a strategic national imperative. Throughout the day, speakers will address the geopolitical issues surrounding critical mineral development, Alaska’s supply, access, permitting, and the community impact of critical mineral development.

    Governor Dunleavy will open the second day of the summon and discussions throughout the day will take an indepth look at Alaska's opportunities. Session will include a look at the current research related to critical minerals in Alaska, and industry needs for development, including workforce and infrastructure.

    Moderators for the two-day summit include Mike Sfraga, Chair, U.S. Arctic Commission, and DNR Acting Commissioner Akis Gialopsos. A full list of speakers and moderators is here. The full agenda is here.

    Registration for the summit, which is near attendance capacity, is open online. The university is partnering with the Wilson Center Polar Institute to provide a free livestream of the summit. A recording and proceedings will be made available at a later date.

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