Ziemkiewicz briefs Congressional committee on extracting rare earth elements from acid mine drainage

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Yesterday (May 14), Paul Ziemkiewicz, director of the Water Research Institute at West Virginia University’s Energy Institute, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on recent research advances on the development of a domestic source of rare earth elements.

RREs, the minerals that make electronic devices work, are essential to the economy and national security.  Currently, the primary source of these minerals worldwide is China.