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Defense Department awards $20.6 million to support nickel prospecting in Minnesota and Michigan

  • The Department of Defense has awarded $20.6 million to the developers of the Talon nickel mine in Minnesota, showcasing the government's commitment to strengthening domestic supply chains for critical minerals. This funding is part of an effort to reduce reliance on foreign sources of vital minerals and bolster national security.
  • Talon, in partnership with Rio Tinto, aims to establish the Talon nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, which would become the second operating nickel mine in the US. However, concerns have been raised by tribal and environmental groups about the potential negative impacts on local ecosystems. Nevertheless, Talon is actively pursuing the necessary permits to proceed with the project.
  • The Biden administration has backed the Talon project and is providing federal support for its proposed ore processing plant. This support stands in contrast to the administration's efforts to block other copper-nickel mining projects in Minnesota, such as the Twin Metals mine near Ely. Despite these efforts, the Talon mine continues to move forward, with a contract in place to supply electric carmaker Tesla.
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