Why the U.S. Needs Mine Permitting Reform
May 23, 2023
Nearly two decades ago, the U.S. attracted almost 20 percent of t...
Katie Sweeney, general counsel to the National Mining Association, discussed in an interview on Tuesday the need for a more efficient permitting timeline for mining projects, noting that the “‘amount of time it takes to permit a facility has been a real deterrent to investment’ in the United States.”
Comparing the United States’ permitting process—which takes between five and 10 years—to countries such as Australia, Canada or Chile—where a permits can be attained in 18 months to three years—Sweeney notes that the our nation’s permitting process puts us at a competitive disadvantage.
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