The CuMo Project | Critical Minerals
The CuMo Project is an exploration of one of the largest deposits of molybdenum, copper and silver in North America located in Boise County, Idaho.

Critical Minerals List and Molybdenum

Few minerals are more appropriate for the critical minerals list than molybdenum (moly). Critical Minerals of the United States is a list issued by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that identifies mineral commodities that have “important uses and no viable substitutes yet face potential disruption in supply” and are “defined as critical to the Nation’s economic and national security”.

China retains control of 56 percent of the world’s moly compared to 18 percent controlled by the U.S. Furthermore, Chinese moly producers operate archaic and environmentally compromising facilities that are expected to be shut down by the government until they comply with environmental standards. An action that could tighten China’s grip on moly and create a supply chain disruption for crucial U.S. industries.

CuMo Project management is leading a lobbying effort to have molybdenum added to the 2018 Critical Minerals list mandated by President Trump’s Presidential Executive Order on a Federal Strategy to Ensure Secure and Reliable Supplies of Critical Minerals . Updated list is to be published by the end of February 2018.

You can help!


  1. Use these helpful links to identify the decision makers that will be most responsive to your concern.
    Federally Elected Officials
    U.S. House of Representatives
    U.S. Senate

    State Elected Officials

    State Legislators
  2. Develop a message that is clear and concise. Congressional members and their staff keep very busy schedules. To be most effective, convey messages as a short script or in written bullet points.
  3. Contact the relevant decision makers in one or more of the following ways:

Locate your elected officials at the state level and in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Meeting Face To Face

Locate your elected officials at the state level and in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Go to your elected official’s website and fill out a request for meeting or call the office directly.

Prepare for your meeting with simple talking points. You do not need to be an expert on mining to discuss the importance of mining to you.

Staff members keep a tally of every issue that constituents contact their elected official about. This information goes into a report that is viewed by the elected official and senior staff. Just one email or letter will get our issue on their radar. All it takes is a few seconds of your time to advocate on behalf of mining.

Calling Your Elected Officials

Locate your elected officials at the state level and in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Add their numbers to your phone.

Turn your idle time into advocacy time. Calls typically last fewer than 30 seconds-so call weekly. Be sure to give them your name, address and zip code.

Additional tips for supporting the CuMo Project


Vet information offered through media and community sources. Contact the Idaho CuMo Project with your questions.


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Find your voice and use it effectively. Lobby your elected officials.


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