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WVU research on extracting rare earth elements from AMD featured in “8 Ideas with Momentum Inside Appalachia”

Acid mine drainage sludge dried to extract rare earth elements.
Acid mine drainage sludge is being tested for rare earth elements by the West Virginia Water Research Institute at West Virginia University.

Go to 9:09 to hear the rare earth elements segment that explains the value of REEs and why the U.S. government is funding REE research. Locally the goal is to commercialize a process for extracting REEs from acid mine drainage and create a profitable industry that mitigates AMD damage in the region.  

Paul Ziemkiewicz, director of the West Virginia Water Research Institute at West Virginia University discusses the amounts of REEs in acid mine drainage in this interview by West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

Full story featured on West Virginia Public Broadcasting website.