Governor Jim Justice

Extraction Techniques for Rare Earth Metals in Coal Waste Highlighted in Announcement by Governor Jim Justice: Charlestown, West Virginia

CHARLESTON, WV – Governor Jim Justice announces that Omnis Sublimation Recovery Technologies (OSRT) will invest $60 million in Wyoming County and use their revolutionary technology to extract rare earth metals from coal waste impoundments.

Coal waste impoundments have created an opportunity for innovation in the Mountain State. Converting this waste material into high-quality, high-value metals can help turn these impoundments into a strategic asset and help grow West Virginia’s economy.

“I am beyond excited to welcome this company to Southern West Virginia,” Governor Jim Justice said. “Coal is such a big part of our state’s livelihood, and it’s amazing that we can now take the coal waste and turn it into something the world desperately needs, all while providing jobs to our hard-working people and investment to our great state.”

This revolutionary technology and process will be showcased in southern West Virginia and will be used to supply the critical, strategic, and rare earth metals that are necessary for the building and manufacturing of smartphones, computers, and other high-performance electronic devices, as well as new high-performance building materials.

"OSRT is giving new life to West Virginia's coal waste impoundments by using the only commercially viable process to extract strategic metals and rare earth elements without any waste and no negative environmental impact," said OSRT's Vice President of Global Sustainability and Innovation Michelle Christian. "West Virginia has continuously provided our great country with the highest quality natural resources that built our society for the last 200 years, and we are proud to be a part of the next generation."
OSRT has begun engineering and will immediately start site infrastructure. The building and equipment are expected to be completed and installed by mid-2023.

“I am always happy to see growth happening in southern West Virginia and knowing that coal is central to this type of potential economic impact makes this announcement even more exciting. The jobs to be created with this partnership will bring even more opportunity to this region and help lead the way for future development,” Senator Shelley Moore Capito said.

“I’m pleased with the progress being made to source rare earth elements right here in West Virginia, providing energy and an independent supply chain for the entire United States just as we have done for centuries. Today’s announcement is encouraging news for Wyoming County, and I join you in celebrating the Mountain State’s continued leadership in energy innovation,” said Senator Joe Manchin, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

The West Virginia Department of Economic Development worked closely with OSRT, providing financial incentives and helping to navigate the permitting process.

“We are ecstatic about this announcement,” said Mitch Carmichael, Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Economic Development. “Bringing jobs to our people is one of our top priorities, and being able to do that while also utilizing the resources we have in our state is a win-win for everyone. We can’t wait to see what comes of this partnership.”

OSRT will hire 100 team members with well-paying jobs and train them to operate this technology in a safe, clean environment.

“Southern West Virginia is rich in natural resources, including rare earth minerals,” said Congresswoman Carol Miller. “I’m pleased to see Omnis Sublimation Recovery Technologies partner with local businesses to tap into these resources and invest in Wyoming County. Their technology to convert coal waste impoundments into strategic metals exemplifies the power of innovation. This $60 million investment is a testament to the work that’s been done at the local, state, and federal levels to revitalize the Mountain State and let people know that it is open for business.”

Coal waste impoundments and gob piles are rich in critical metals, including strategic metals and rare earth metals. Millions of tons of these metals are concentrated from the natural coal seam sources. The coal mining process has concentrated these minerals, and they are available in many waste impoundments. These critical metals are essential to building smartphones, computers, and other high-value electronics.

“We’re excited to welcome a company like Omnis to Wyoming County, and we look forward to a long-lasting relationship between the company and community. Omnis will provide a strategic asset to Wyoming County that will grow the economy with 100 jobs and provide the opportunity for additional surrounding business growth,” said Wyoming County Economic Development Authority Executive Director Christy Laxton. “We’re grateful for the strong partnerships between our economic development authority, the WV Department of Economic Development, and the Governor’s Office, that make doing business in West Virginia possible for companies like Omnis.”

OSRT’s technology can extract pure metals from coal impoundment mineral waste using Ultra-High Heat without acids or harmful chemicals. The technology recovers 100% of the metals, including all critical, strategic, and rare earth metals, with zero waste and no harmful emissions.

This is the second investment announcement by the Omnis companies in West Virginia this year. In March, Gov. Justice announced that Omnis Building Technologies will build a $40 million, 150,000-square-foot facility in Bluefield to manufacture housing materials that will revolutionize the future of residential construction, creating 150-300 jobs in the process.



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