Originally published Monday, May 14, 2012 at 8:26 PM
Senators see ballooning national crisis: helium shortage
A 1996 law is forcing the government to sell off its helium reserves at below-market prices, threatening supplies of the relatively rare and nonrenewable gas used not only in party balloons but in hospital MRI scanners.
By Brad Plumer
is running out of helium. United
Yes, helium. Thanks to a 1996 law that has forced the government to sell off its helium reserves at bargain-bin prices, the country's stockpile of the relatively rare and nonrenewable gas could soon vanish.
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