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In a National Mining Association consumer radio feature, Katie Sweeney, NMA’s senior vice president and general counsel, shared her views on the minerals policy outlook for 2013.Sweeney argues that “clear policies that keep environmental regulations in place, but make the permitting process more efficient are crucial to 2013.”
In a response to an article about President Obama’s “Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour,” National Mining Association President and CEO Hal Quinn penned a letter-to-the-editor in the Washington Times laying out a plan to create jobs, grow the middle class and encourage domestic manufacturing — without spending billions of dollars.
A modernized mining permit process, Quinn writes, would have the job-creating effects the president has been anxious to produce. The automotive, heavy machinery, medical equipment, aerospace and energy industries contribute significantly to new manufacturing jobs and rely heavily on minerals and metals.
The House Natural Resources Committee today approved the “National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production of 2013” (H.R. 761). The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mark Amodei (N.M.-02), was approved by a bi-partisan vote of 24-17.
The bill will allow the United States to more efficiently develop our nation’s strategic and critical minerals. It will streamline the permitting process, which can take between seven and 10 years, for mineral development by coordinating the actions of federal agencies. It also establishes definitions for critical and strategic minerals.