By Rose Ragsdale
For Metal Tech News 

Scientists look to coal for REE solution

Viable extraction technologies could tap abundant US reserves Metal Tech News Weekly Edition – February 19, 2020


Last updated 7/2/2022 at 9:13am

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Coal often contains rare earths that are concentrated in the ash after burning. Avalon is piloting a project to recover REEs and other metals from ash at a former coal mine in Illinois.

As security concerns mount over the nearly total reliance of the United States on foreign sources of rare earth elements, mostly from China, researchers in public and private laboratories across the country are aggressively searching for ways to spur domestic production of these critical minerals in the face of rapidly growing global demand.

Rare earths, which in reality are plentiful in natur...

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