US government seeks comment on risks to helium supply


The US government is seeking comment on whether there is an increased risk to US helium supply as a result of geopolitical events.

The US Geological Survey, Department of the Interior has opened up a 45-day period for comment, commencing from January 30, 2023 (yesterday).

The notice in the Federal Register reads, “In light of recent geopolitical events and concurrent with the return of primary helium data-collection responsibility from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the USGS is soliciting input from the public, including domestic helium users, that will aid the USGS in analyzing whether there is an increasing risk of helium-supply disruption; whether that risk stems from supply from countries that may be unwilling or unable to continue to supply the United States; and whether those risks pose a significant likelihood of increasing the Nation’s import reliance or creating a concentration and risk of permanent or intermittent supply disruptions from a small number of international or domestic supply sources. The USGS is also soliciting input that will aid the USGS in analyzing whether potential disruptions to helium supply would jeopardize manufacturing or use of products vital to the defense, healthcare, aerospace, consumer electronics, and other industries.”

The notice can be found here.

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