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“Meanwhile, Montreal-based Geomega Resources said it was modifying its rare earth pilot plant at the National Research Council in Boucherville, Quebec, to be able to produce hand sanitiser. The company has developed a proprietary, environmentally benign in-situ recovery technology that recycles rare earth elements used in the permanent magnet industry such as neodymium, praseodymium, terbium and dysprosium. It plans to supply sanitiser to retirement homes and hospitals, which are in urgent need of this product to help combat the spread of COVID-19. It said engineering work in collaboration with Hatch were ongoing during the health crisis. Geomega has received the natural product number and all required approvals from Health Canada in order to manufacture hand sanitiser using the WHO-recommended formulation. Modifications to Geomega’s pilot plant are currently being finalised.”