WVWRI project highlighted in WVU Magazine

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June 15, 2016 by Andrew Stacy, West Virginia Water Research Institute

Morgantown, W.Va. – The West Virginia Water Research Institute’s project to extract Rare Earth Elements from Coal Mining Waste was recently highlighted in the Spring 2016 Issue of WVU Magazine. Below is an except from that highlight.

SECOND LIFE OF MINES

A sample of acid mine drainage sludge that will be tested as a potential source for rare earth elements as part of a WVU research project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

A sample of acid mine drainage sludge that will be tested as a potential source for rare earth elements as part of a WVWRI research project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Buried in acid mine drainage are elements that the U.S. is almost exclusively importing. And since these elements are in our cell phones, defense applications, GPS technology, medical equipment, DVDs and rechargeable batteries, demand for them is increasing.

Paul Ziemkiewicz, director of the West Virginia Water Research Institute and leader of the project said, “Successful development of this concept will generate an additional revenue stream for the coal industry, create jobs and incentivize acid mining treatment. At the same time, it will reduce U.S. reliance on foreign supplies of rare earth elements.”  READ MORE

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Contact:  Andrew Stacy, WVWRI
304.293.7085, astacy@mail.wvu.edu

The West Virginia Water Research Institute, a program of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University, serves as a statewide vehicle for performing research related to water issues. WVWRI is the premiere water research center in West Virginia and, within selected fields, an international leader.

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