H.R. 1063: National Strategic and Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2013

Mar 12, 2013
Reported by Committee
21% chance of being enacted
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Doug Lamborn
Representative for Colorado's 5th congressional district
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Mar 12, 2013
14 pages
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H.R. 2011 (112th) was a previous version of this bill.

Reported by Committee
Last Action: Jul 20, 2011


The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on May 15, 2013.

Introduced Mar 12, 2013
Referred to Committee Mar 12, 2013
Reported by Committee May 15, 2013
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21% chance of being enacted.

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Full Title

To require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct an assessment of the capability of the Nation to meet our current and future demands for the minerals critical to United States manufacturing and agricultural competitiveness and economic and national security in a time of expanding resource nationalism, and for other purposes.


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9 cosponsors (9R) (show)

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National Strategic and Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2013 - Declares that it is the continuing policy of the United States to promote an adequate and stable supply of minerals to maintain the nation's economic well-being, security, and manufacturing, industrial, energy, agricultural, and technological capabilities.
Directs the Secretary of the Interior, through the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Geological Survey (Survey), to report to Congress:
(1) an inventory of the nonfossil-fuel mineral potential of lands under BLM and U.S. Forest Service jurisdiction;
(2) an identification of all such lands that have been withdrawn, segregated, or otherwise restricted from mineral exploration and development;
(3) a detailed description of the time required to process mineral applications, operating plans, leases, licenses, permits, and other use authorizations for mineral-related activities on lands;
(4) an itemized list of all use authorizations for which applications are pending;
(5) an assessment of the impact of litigation on the processing or issuing of permits;
(6) an assessment of the federal workforce with educational degrees and expertise in economic geology, geochemistry, mining, industrial minerals, metallurgy, metallurgical engineering, and mining engineering; and
(7) an inventory of rare earth element potential on federal lands, and impediments to or restrictions on the exploration or development of those rare earth elements, with recommendations to lift the impediments or restrictions while maintaining environmental safeguards.
Requires progress reports to Congress on:
(1) efforts to increase access to domestic supplies of minerals, and facilitation of their production;
(2) implementation of recommendations in National Research Council reports on "Minerals, Critical Minerals, and the U.S. Economy" and on "Managing Minerals for a Twenty-First Century Military";
(3) the Department of Energy (DOE) Critical Materials Strategy I and II; and
(4) a specified Department of Defense (DOD) assessment and plan for critical rare earth elements in defense applications.
Directs the Survey, for the first National Mineral Assessment conducted after enactment of this Act, to include mineral assessments for mineral commodities important to the nation's energy infrastructure, manufacturing and agricultural industries, and to the national defense. Urges priority be given to minerals that are critical based on the impact of a potential supply restriction and the likelihood of a supply restriction.
Directs the Survey to expand the current Global Mineral Assessment to include mineral assessments for rare earth elements and other minerals that are critical based on the impact of a potential supply restriction and the likelihood of a supply restriction.
Requires such assessments to include an analysis, developed with participation by the National Minerals Information Center, of the rare earth elements or other critical minerals supply chain and associated processes and products, including mining, processing, recycling, separation, metal production, alloy production, and manufacturing of products sold to end users.

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