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Penn State to lead critical minerals consortium powered by $1.2 million from DOE

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A region famous for the coal that once fueled a growing nation is now the focus of a $1.2 million project, led by Penn State researchers, aimed at establishing domestic supplies of critical minerals needed to produce modern technology from cell phones to fighter jets.

by Matthew Carroll
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A byproduct of coal mining, acid mine drainage sludge sites, like this one in central Pennsylvania, are rich in critical mineral