"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:
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!