Rare Earth Extraction FacilityResearchers at the West Virginia Water Research Institute are extracting rare earth elements from acid mine drainage at a pilot plant located in the NRCCE Building at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va.
The pilot plant is testing the commercial feasibility of turning a regional liability into a valuable national resource. Rare earth elements are found in all electronics and right now 80 percent of REEs come from China. Developing a domestic sources from acid mine drainage will help the U.S. economy and our environment.
- Erect plants on existing, acid mine drainage treatment sites
- Employ existing workforce and infrastructure
- Generate new revenue for coal and coal-based industries
- Create financial incentives to treat abandoned mine sources of acid mine drainage
- Diversify Appalachia’s economy
- Restore watersheds
- Produce enough rare earth elements needed for national security
Contact Paul Ziemkiewicz to learn more.