Representative Goodman, Senator Argall welcome grant to help Blaschak Coal extract rare earth elements from anthracite resources

MAHANOY CITY, Oct. 21 State Rep. Neal P. Goodman and state Sen. David Argall congratulated Blaschak Coal Corp. of Mahanoy City for securing a $25,000 grant that will help the company extract rare earth elements and critical materials/minerals from anthracite-based resources.

Rare earth elements and critical materials/minerals are used in electronic, optical and magnetic devices. The lawmakers said China currently produces nearly all these materials, and there is a large demand to have it produced domestically.

“I’m pleased that a local company is helping to make our commonwealth and our country less reliant on a foreign source of these important materials,” said Goodman, D-Schuylkill.

“Using the carbon components of anthracite as an industrial mineral provides further avenues for use, and I am pleased to see Blaschak Coal look at anthracite as more than a commercial and residential heating fuel source,” said Argall, R-Schuylkill/Berks.

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania provided the grant. Blaschak, which has mines in Schuylkill and Luzerne counties, has partnered with Lehigh University’s Energy Research Center to develop a process to extract these materials from anthracite mine water.