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Trump Administration Acts to Reduce Dependence on Foreign Critical Minerals

Posted By Mark Ellis, Friday, June 7, 2019

Earlier this week, the Trump Administration released a government-wide action plan to implement the next phase of the initiative to reduce dependence on critical minerals.  The Commerce Department issued an interagency report titled, “A Federal Strategy to Ensure a Reliable Supply of Critical Minerals.”  This detailed strategy calls on federal agencies to implement important recommendations that will strengthen America’s critical mineral supply chains and defense industrial base, ensure faster permitting times and study the feasibility of allowing mineral projects to be included as part of FAST-41, improve surface and subsurface mapping in order to help identify new critical mineral deposits, improve access to domestic critical mineral resources on federal lands and grow the American critical minerals workforce.

 

To reduce unnecessary permitting delays and increase access to critical minerals, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which is responsible for onshore mineral rights and mining on lands managed by BLM, will undertake a comprehensive review of its permitting and land classifications, as well as its management plans.  In addition, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will conduct at least one multi-commodity critical mineral resource assessment every two years, supplying the results to Federal land managers and the public.

 

A copy of the interagency report is attached.

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Tags:  critical minerals; Executive Order 13817 

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