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Letter to the Editor

To whom it may concern,

It appears that the rare earth element demonstration processing plant envisioned to be placed in Upton, WY is well funded with a commitment from the Department of Energy (DOE) of $21.9 million and $25 million from shares. The rush to opening up a new processing plant is of course motivated by the need for rare earth elements to sustain the green revolution in the form of wind mills, solar panels and batteries (it takes about a ton of rare earths to make one wind charger).

But, in the process of retooling for that necessity the history of mining and processing rare earth...