Abundant Rare Earth Element Resource Resides in USA Coal Mines

USA National Energy Technology Laboratory logo for coal-based rare earth element program
USA National Energy Technology Laboratory logo for coal-based rare earth element program

America’s vast coal resources contain quantities of REEs that offer the potential for the USA to become a major new source for rare earth elements.  The USA government has an active program involving the use of coal.   The effort is expected create new industries in regions where coal has played an important economic role. To support these needs, NETL has created a collaborative R&D program to develop technologies for the recovery of REEs from Coal and Coal By-Products.  The University of Kentucky is one of the leading academic institutions working in this area.

The Will Scarlet mine is one such example of a coal-based rare earth element site (www.will-scarlet-mine.com). In the images and videos below, Professor Rick Honaker of University of Kentucky discusses the Will Scarlet rare earth element mine with members of IMUMR during the May 2018 visit.

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Ben McCoy, Site Manager at Will Scarlet rare earth element mine discusses drilling plan, sampling and test results with IMUMR delegation.

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