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Once Indispensable, My Device Congress Now Calls Critical

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By Aaron Mintzes

November 1, 2013

This week Earthworks staff received a draft of a bill that will become the Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2013. The legislation directs the United States Geological Survey to draw up a list of minerals critical to our nation’s needs and creates a series of policies designed to improve manufacturing, production, permitting, recycling, and alternatives to these metals.

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Tagged with: critical minerals, strategic minerals, hr 761, rare earth minerals, permit times, s 1113

House Natural Resources Committee vs Reality

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By Aaron Mintzes

October 9, 2013

Tomorrow, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources will hold an oversight hearing entitled “EPA vs. American Mining Jobs: The Obama Administration’s Regulatory Assault on the Economy”.

Of course, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has had limited opportunity to assault the economy since the government shutdown.  And one could ask whether the shutdown itself hurts the economy much worse than anything coming out of the EPA.

But that is beside the point.  The point is that despite what we hear from the House Majority, mining companies love spending their money in the United States. Don’t take my word for it; ask the mining companies.

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Tagged with: mining, epa, pebble mine, house subcommittee on energy and mineral resources, jobs, exploration investment

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