Rare earth metals to be extracted from West Virginia coal impoundments

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A company will hire 100 people and invest $60 million in southern West Virginia to extract rare earth metals from coal waste impoundments.

Gov. Jim Justice says Omnis Sublimation Recovery Technologies is expected to build its Wyoming County facility and install equipment by mid-2023.

Currently most of the world’s supply of rare earth elements comes from China.

Rare earth metals are necessary for manufacturing smartphones, computers and other high-performance electronic devices.

In March, Justice announced that Omnis Building Technologies will build a $40 million facility in Bluefield to make housing materials.