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From coal basins to critical mineral mines

DOE is funding programs in coal producing regions across US Metal Tech News – May 3, 2021


Last updated 7/10/2022 at 3:17pm

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Appalachia was once a booming town that served as the hub of eight coal camps in Virginia. DOE is funding programs that may revitalize old coal mining towns while providing new domestic sources of rare earths and other critical minerals.

Looking to transform old coal mining regions into new domestic sources for rare earths and critical minerals vital to electric vehicles, renewable energy, and other technologies, the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $19 million for 13 projects in traditionally fossil fuel-producing communities from Appalachia to Alaska.

"The very same fossil fuel communities that have powered our nation f...

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