Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 761 - National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013

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Listed in Alphabetical Order

Sep 17, 2013 10:19 AM

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Connolly (VA)


Requires mineral exploration and mining projects to be subjected to an Environmental Impact Statement review prior to approval. Removes the arbitrary limit on the time frame for such reviews.

DeFazio (OR)


Requires a royalty of 8% for new hardrock mining operations on federal land. Revenue from royalty payments would be made available for reclamation of abandoned mine sites.

Grayson (FL)


Clarifies that mineral exploration and mine permits referenced in H.R. 761, only cover strategic and critical minerals.

Hastings, Alcee (FL)


Requires that the cost of cleanup be included in financial assurance and that financial insurance instruments shall be in the form of a surety bond, letter of credit or other instrument that would routinely be accepted in commerce.

Hastings, Alcee (FL)


Requires the mining applicant to pay for costs associated with the permitting process, extends the timeline for review of a permit application if the applicant is the cause of the delay, and requires that review of an application by a state shall include all requirements that would apply under the National Environmental Policy Act as performed by a Federal agency.

Lowenthal (CA)


Clarifies that the definition of "Strategic and Critical Minerals" only includes the minerals identified by the National Research Council (NRC) as strategic and critical minerals (and any additional minerals added by the Secretary that meet the NRC's criteria). Also clarifies that the definition of "Mineral Exploration or Mine Permit" in this underlying legislation only refers to mineral exploration or mine permit for strategic and critical minerals.

Pearce (NM)


Clarifies the intention of the bill that it will not impact Secretarial Order 3324, as it relates to oil/gas and potash.

Veasey (TX)


LATE Designates the Secretary of Interior to publish no later than 60 days after enactment of the bill a list of "Strategic and Critical Minerals" for the purpose of the bill. The Secretary must update the list every 5 years.