Former Nebraska governor and U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey has joined the board of an Arkansas-based rare earth element mining company.
U.S. Rare Earths Inc. officials said Kerrey would help the company establish American operations for mining the rare elements that are used in the manufacture of cellphones, computers and other high-tech devices. That would help end dependence on China for such elements.
“For the sake of America’s national security, it is important that we develop a reliable supply of rare earths, a critical ingredient for much of the technology that is generating the jobs of tomorrow,’’ Kerrey said.
U.S. Rare Earths has mining claims in Idaho, Montana and Colorado.
Another rare elements mining company, Canadian-based NioCorp Developments, has been considering establishing a $300 million mine in southeast Nebraska.