House OKs bill to fast-track mineral mining, exploration

Sep 23, 2013 | 10:24 AM | Rey Mashayekhi

Tags  mining, exploration, U.S. House of Representatives, National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013, Mark Amodei, Texas Rare Earth Resources, mining legislation, Rey Mashayekhi

NEW YORK — The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill this past week that looks to expedite domestic mining and exploration and "more efficiently develop" mineral sources in the United States.

The National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013 passed in the House by a 246-178 vote Sept. 18 and will move to the Senate for consideration. The legislation seeks to shorten the amount of time federal agencies have to approve mining and exploration permits and provide greater purview to local and state agencies....





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