Skip to main content

Ziemkiewicz reports acid mine water in region can produce substantial amounts of rare earth elements

Paul Ziemkiewicz testing acid mine drainage for rare earth minerals
Dr. Paul Ziemkiewicz testing water at the Omega mine site.  Photo: Larry Dowling,  West Virginia Public Broadcasting
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.

"The acid mine drainage production in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland and eastern Ohio can supply any where 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."

Listen to the interview.

-NRCCE-

CONTACT: Tracy Novak, Communications Director
WVU National Research Center for Coal and Energy
Tracy.Novak@mail.wvu.edu; 304-293-6928

Follow@WVUToday and @WVUEnergy on Twitter.