By K. Warner
For Metal Tech News 

Critical minerals from Appalachian coal

DOE-funded research results from Central Appalachia Metal Tech News - August 10, 2023


Last updated 8/23/2023 at 12:31pm

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

U.S. policymakers have become increasingly concerned about overreliance on China for the minerals and metals essential to clean energy technologies.

Today China controls roughly one-third of the global market for critical minerals and rare earth elements, and several countries, including

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