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WV House committee advances bills seeking economic boost from extracting valuable substances from treated mine drainage

Article written by Mike Tony for the Charleston Gazette-Mail
January 27, 2022

The state House Energy and Manufacturing Committee has approved a pair of bills designed to encourage economic development from extraction of rare earth elements and critical minerals essential to technology products and national security.

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Brownfield Tools that Drive Local Success: Virtual Seminar Recap

In the second session of the West Virginia Water Research Institute (WVWRI) Virtual Seminar Series, representatives from the Northern West Virginia Brownfield Assistance Center (NBAC) highlighted a collaborative project with the Save the Tygart Watershed Association as well as the resources provided by WVU Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB).

 

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Registration now open for WRI and 3RQ virtual events

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3RQ will host a three-part virtual series consisting of monthly online meetings where attendees are invited to learn about the research, conservation, and education-based efforts being undertaken by 3RQ member organizations and 3RQ partner researchers in the Upper Ohio River Basin. The goal of this series is to build connections, share information, and stay updated on activities within the region. Speakers will include watershed groups, conservation groups, and university researchers.

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State lawmakers consider benefits, legal complexity of rare earth elements draft legislation

WRI's Director, Paul Ziemkiewicz addresses the Energy Committee. Perry Bennett/WV Legislative Photography

The concept behind draft legislation the West Virginia Joint Standing Energy Committee considered at an interim legislative session meeting this week is simple.

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Water Research Institute director updates WV legislators on rare earth recovery efforts, urges law clarifying ownership

The long-term environmental problem of acid mine drainage in West Virginia could offer a long-term economic solution.

West Virginia Water Research Institute Director Paul Ziemkiewicz made that pitch recently to the state Joint Economic Development Commission. The institute is assessing the feasibility of scaling up acid mine drainage treatment technology to support a nationwide supply chain of valuable rare earth elements and critical minerals.

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Moving Mountains: WVU engineers lead project to reclaim mine refuse site in West Virginia

(Pictured left to right) WVDEP Regional Engineer Nathan Parks, Assistant Professor Leslie Hopkinson, Director of the West Virginia Water Research Institute Paul Ziemkiewicz, and WVU graduate student Jeff Stevens at the Royal Scot mine site in Greenbrier C

(Pictured left to right) WVDEP Regional Engineer Nathan Parks, Assistant Professor Leslie Hopkinson, Director of the West Virginia Water Research Institute Paul Ziemkiewicz, and WVU graduate student Jeff Stevens at the Royal Scot mine site in Greenbrier County. (Submitted Photo)

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EPA Selects West Virginia University Research Corporation for $1 Million Training and Technical Assistance Funding

PHILADELPHIA (April 22, 2021) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is announcing the selection of West Virginia University Research Corporation as one of six organizations to receive a total of $11 million in grants nationwide to provide training and technical assistance to communities.

The work is being funded by EPA’s Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Program.  West Virginia University Corporation will receive $1 million total over a five-year period to provide technical assistance primarily to underserved and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in the Mid-Atlantic Region (EPA Region 3) where environmental cleanup and new jobs are needed most. This assistance is available to all stakeholders and comes at no cost to communities. It is an important part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to advance economic opportunities and address environmental justice issues in disadvantaged communities.

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