MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia Water Research Institute’s director, Dr. Paul Ziemkiewicz, was interviewed by West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Ohio Valley ReSource to discuss research on rare earth elements at West Virginia University.
Dr. Paul Ziemkiewicz testing water at the Omega mine site. Photo: Larry Dowling, West Virginia Public Broadcasting
"The acid mine drainage production in West Virginia,
Pennsylvania, Maryland, and eastern Ohio can supply anywhere between 800 tons
per year to maybe 2,200 tons per year of rare earth elements,” Ziemkiewicz said. “Now
800 tons a year is basically what the military needs for defense purposes.
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