In July of last year, Twin Pines Minerals filed an application with the U.S. Army Corps for permission to mine in the first phase of what would eventually become a 12,000-acre project adjacent to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. The first phase would be on a site of a little more than 1,000 acres and advocates for the project point to the importance of titanium in orthopedic implants, aircraft, and nuclear reactors, among other uses.
Currently, most of titanium is imported into the U.S. meaning the vitally important mineral is subject to supply chain disruptions – particularly notable in the COVID-19 era.
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