Lifton and Avalon’s Bubar discuss how to start a new rare earths supply chain outside of China quickly
“We are moving forward with the original plan we developed with them (Cheetah Resources Pty Ltd.) which was to start with a very small scale project to develop a resource in a separate deposit that occurs on the property (Nechalacho Project). A small satellite deposit called the T-Zone that had work done on historically where there is a small but very interesting resource very rich in bastnaesite in a pegmatite. The mineralogy is so simple that we can make a concentrate with just using sensor-based ore sorting technology which makes it very low cost to implement and relatively easy to permit because you are not creating any toxic waste that creates environmental concerns… It could be possible to get something started there in as little as a year and start to show the world on how you can do things a little bit differently to start a new rare earths supply chain outside of China.” States Don Bubar, President, CEO and Director of Avalon Advanced Materials Inc. (TSX: AVL | OTCQB: AVLNF), in an interview with InvestorIntel’s Jack Lifton.
Don went on to say that there is a lot of interest in the government circles in both Canada and the US to establish a new rare earths supply chain. He continued by providing an update on Avalon’s Letter of Intent signed with a private US company, Coal Strategy Advisors, LLC, to earn up to a 50% interest in the Will Scarlett Rare Earths Recovery Project located near Marion, Illinois. He said that Will Scarlett is a closed coal mine site where Coal Strategy Advisors discovered a very high level of rare earths enrichment in the acid mine drainage and in the precipitates generated from lime treatment of the acid mine drainage to neutralize the acidity. He said that Will Scarlett provides Avalon with an opportunity to extract rare earths out of previously-mined waste materials at a relatively low cost.
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