House passed bill streamlines critical minerals mine permitting

Washington, D.C. (October 22, 2015) – Today the U.S. House passed, with a bipartisan vote, H.R. 1937: the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2015. This legislation addresses delays in the permitting of American mining projects, which can currently take seven to ten years or longer. This bill requires the lead permitting agency to identify a project lead to coordinate with all involved, set and adhere to deadlines, establish clear goals, and track progress. It also allows state reviews to count towards federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements, and streamlines judicial review and litigation. In response, Western Caucus Chairman Cynthia Lummis (WY-at large), issued the following statements in response: “Critical minerals and metals are vital to everything from farming to transportation, from technology to national security, and this makes permitting of American mining projects of the utmost importance,” said Chairman Lummis. “I thank Rep. Amodei for his work on this legislation that streamlines permitting to ensure a robust American production of these minerals. This bill will help secure America’s critical mineral supply, lessen our dependence on foreign countries, and create jobs here at home.” #shortgo