Following the recent introduction into Congress of the American Critical Mineral Exploration and Innovation Act, intended to modernise the federal permitting systems and improve access to minerals critical for the nation, Rich Nolan, president and CEO of the National Mining Association, has praised the bill.

He said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed the perils of our alarming minerals import dependence. Our global peers accomplish in two to three years what takes a decade to permit in the US, deepening our reliance on foreign imports at a time when doing so holds the greatest risk.”

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