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RER gears up to build demo plant

Local mining outfit awaits “last piece of the puzzle” for plant permit

It’s been more than seven years since Rare Element Resources (RER) was forced to put a hold on all the permitting activities associated with its rare earth mine in the Bearlodge Mountains.

Step by step since that time, the company has been able to reestablish its funding sources, including a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) and a significant investment from General Atomics.

Now, said CEO Brent Berg during a presentation to the Crook County Commissioners last week, the company has reached the point where it is awaiting the “last piece of the puzzle” to construct a demonstration pl...

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