"You get the thorium for free…"

“When you mine for rare earths, you get the thorium for free…”

My friend Jim Kennedy and his Pea Ridge mine in Missouri is the subject of an article in Popular Science by Rebecca Boyle called:

My Visit to An American Rare Earth Metals Mine

I first met Jim at our first Thorium Energy Alliance conference in October of 2009 and he dazzled the crowd with a discussion of how the US and other Western nations have become dangerously dependent on China as a supplier of rare-earth minerals. Jim knew that thorium was found with the rare-earths, and that under today’s crazy rules he would be required to treat that valuable thorium like dangerous waste, and he was there at the conference to learn more.

What he learned changed his view of thorium dramatically, to the point where he said that the thorium might be the most valuable resource of all in the mine.

Since then Jim has been a fantastic advocate for the thorium cause, and many people have learned about the potential of thorium due to his dynamic presentations. Thanks Jim and we all hope for your success in opening the Pea Ridge rare earth (and thorium) mine this year!



3 Replies to ""You get the thorium for free...""

  • Richard Horobin
    March 14, 2011 (12:54 am)

    Broken link. Try this alternative. http://shipisland.blogspot.com/2011/03/my-visit-t

  • Kirk Sorensen
    March 14, 2011 (9:36 am)

    I just checked the link and it seems to be working.

  • James Peter
    March 14, 2011 (3:18 pm)

    Since China has acquired much of their thorium stockpile as a byproduct of their iron ore mining, I wonder if anyone in the USA has thought to check the old and current iron mines/tailings lakes for thorium and rare earths.

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