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The bill’s title was written by its sponsor. H.R. stands for House of Representatives bill.
This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on September 29, 2010 but was never passed by the Senate.
Last updated Sep 29, 2010.
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To develop a rare earth materials program, to amend the National Materials and Minerals Policy, Research and Development Act of 1980, and for other purposes.
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H.R. 6160--111th Congress: Rare Earths and Critical Materials Revitalization Act of 2010. (2010). In www.GovTrack.us. Retrieved March 9, 2014, from http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/111/hr6160
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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress.
The summary below was written by the House Republican Conference, which is the caucus of Republicans in the House of Representatives.
This summary can be found at http://www.gop.gov/bill/111/2/hr6160.
According to the Science and Technology Committee, China currently holds control of approximately 90-97 percent of the world’s supply of rare earth materials. China has imposed export quotas on many of these rare earth materials in 2006, and has consistently increased those quotas since then.
The bill would establish a program within the Department of Energy to research and develop advancing technology to assure the long-term, secure, and sustainable supply of rare earth materials sufficient to satisfy the national security, economic well-being, and industrial production needs of the U.S.
The bill would require the Department of Energy to establish a program to research, develop, demonstrate, and enhance the commercial application of rare earth materials for the nation’s security, economic, and industrial needs. (Rare earth materials would include the following chemical elements: scandium, yttrium, lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, neodymium, promethium, samarium, europium, gadolinium, terbium, dysprosium, holmium, erbium, thulium, ytterbium, and lutetium).
The program would authorize the Department of Energy to better characterize and quantify stocks of rare earth materials using theoretical geochemical research, discover rare materials using advanced science and technology, improve methods for extraction, and identify and test alternative materials that can be substituted for rare earth materials.
The bill would authorize to be appropriated to the Secretary of Energy the following sums:
Lastly, the bill would allow the Department of Energy to make loan guarantees for the commercial application of new or improved technologies for the separation, recovery, or application of rare earth materials. Loan guarantees could be approved for the application of rare earth materials in the production of improved magnets, batteries, refrigeration systems, optical systems, electronics, and catalysis. The authority to enter into guarantees would expire September 30, 2015.
Possible Member Concerns: This bill would increase spending, and provide taxpayer subsidized loans to private companies that are associated with the commercial use of rare earth matierals.
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