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house Bill H.R. 2531

Should the Mining Permitting Process be Shortened to Encourage Domestic Production of Critical Minerals?

Argument in favor

The current mining permitting process is slow, burdensome and inefficient — in some cases taking a decade for a final decision to be made. Shortening the process and clarifying the federal agencies that are responsible for managing it will help new mining projects gain approval more quickly so they can produce critical and strategic minerals domestically.

Gopin2020's Opinion
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07/20/2019
I fully support and recommend passage of this bill as written, less government red tape is always good for a capitalist economy, just look at what Obama’s EPA did too oil, coal, natural gas exploration just to name a few industries, the Keystone pipeline. Over regulation destroyed those industries until Trump cut regulations, two for everyone enacted. It freed the biggest expansion for our economy in decades enabling us to be free of the Middle East for the first time in decades. #MAGA
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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07/20/2019
H.R.2531 AKA the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act I support and recommend the passage of House Bill H.R.2531 AKA the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act — aims to support domestic production of minerals that are of strategic and critical importance to the  economic and national security, energy infrastructure, and manufacturing competitiveness of the U.S. The current mining permitting process is slow, burdensome and inefficient — in some cases taking a decade for a final decision to be made. Shortening the process and clarifying the federal agencies that are responsible for managing it will help new mining projects gain approval more quickly so they can produce critical and strategic minerals domestically. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻HR-2531👍🏻👍🏻. 7.20.19
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07/20/2019
Seven to ten years to get a mining permit is way too long. Shorten the time and get rid of unnecessary and duplication to streamline the process.
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Argument opposed

The GAO reports that the average time to approval for new mining projects in the U.S. is two years — roughly on par with over developed nations. There’s no need to expedite the approval process for new mining projects beyond the current standard and risk allowing business interests to supersede environmental considerations.

John's Opinion
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07/20/2019
Right now the landlord for the President’s daughter, Ivanka and Son-in-Law, Jerrod Kushner, is a billionaire from Chile who wants to put a copper-sulfide mine in the watershed’s of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and Lake Superior. Corruption at the highest level. Not surprising from this President, but definitely should NOT go forward.
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John's Opinion
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07/20/2019
Absolutely not. What people should do is look into what happens to land after it becomes useless for mining. You can contact any nature Conservancy to find out or I can give you the short story. I have a relative that works for the nature conservancy here’s what he told me. For the most part the land ends up being donated there’s a big hole in the ground that fills with water because water will go to the lowest place. All the exposed minerals That otherwise would never come in contact with water are released into streams and to drinking water and it’s totally toxic. There’s no real way to stop it because you can’t seal up the hole in a mountain or a hole in the ground. You have to completely fill the whole excavation which is impossible. So the pollution just spreads kills everything around it and makes people sick. Find out for yourself it’s not very hard call your local nature Conservancy.
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Mary's Opinion
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07/20/2019
Not if it creates a toxic waste that will harm the environment and people’s health.
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    I fully support and recommend passage of this bill as written, less government red tape is always good for a capitalist economy, just look at what Obama’s EPA did too oil, coal, natural gas exploration just to name a few industries, the Keystone pipeline. Over regulation destroyed those industries until Trump cut regulations, two for everyone enacted. It freed the biggest expansion for our economy in decades enabling us to be free of the Middle East for the first time in decades. #MAGA
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    Right now the landlord for the President’s daughter, Ivanka and Son-in-Law, Jerrod Kushner, is a billionaire from Chile who wants to put a copper-sulfide mine in the watershed’s of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and Lake Superior. Corruption at the highest level. Not surprising from this President, but definitely should NOT go forward.
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    Absolutely not. What people should do is look into what happens to land after it becomes useless for mining. You can contact any nature Conservancy to find out or I can give you the short story. I have a relative that works for the nature conservancy here’s what he told me. For the most part the land ends up being donated there’s a big hole in the ground that fills with water because water will go to the lowest place. All the exposed minerals That otherwise would never come in contact with water are released into streams and to drinking water and it’s totally toxic. There’s no real way to stop it because you can’t seal up the hole in a mountain or a hole in the ground. You have to completely fill the whole excavation which is impossible. So the pollution just spreads kills everything around it and makes people sick. Find out for yourself it’s not very hard call your local nature Conservancy.
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    Not if it creates a toxic waste that will harm the environment and people’s health.
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    We have plenty of area in our own state that are still damaged from bauxite mining for aluminum during ww2. The environment doesn’t recover for a lifetime or more. The mine drainage, the terrain damage, the permanently altered water table, the toxic blue water holes... it’s just a huge mess. Making it easier is not what we want. If anything make it harder.
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    Some of these materials would unquestionably be of great strategic value. That doesn’t mean we should shortcut the permitting process. We need to protect our population from the historically harmful effects of hurried, unmonitored mining; both near term and long term. I see this bill as an excuse to rape our natural resources for near-term profit. While our wealthy were busy going for quick profits, China was busy buying the world-wide mineral rights to 90% of the world’s rare earths - of great strategic import fo modern electronics. This highlights the need for our country to begin thinking and committing to long-term strategies, longer than a presidential term and certainly longer than an annual stock holders report- and not just jump to support near-term profiteering without carefully assessing future impact and needs. So, Nay to shortcutting permit processes. Protection of people and natural resources are more important than today’s great ‘deal’ or a pumped up annual ROI.
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    Absolutely not. Our rates are on par with other nations. Mining is brutal on the environment, and the public deserves time to be notified and give feedback on proposed projects. Environmental impact statements and risk assessments also should not be rushed.
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    And many of the existing mines should be cleaned up or shut down. If the public really knew what mining has done to our environment I would hope they would be outraged. Stop the destruction of our environment! Stricter rules and enforced consequences for breach of regulations.
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    Our Administration has shown they cannot be trusted with our health and safety. Not only the people living in these areas would be endangered, but we are all endangered as our waters become polluted with heavy metals and other poisons. Please work to protect your constituents.
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    No. We need regulations and environmental protections Don’t allow mining interests to run amok.
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    Should processes be thoughtfully updated and streamlined? Yes. But shortening time frames is political speak for just removing requirements and ramming through applications without due diligence. The mining companies have been shown for over a 100 years or more to be interested in only profits and have never cared for their workers, their families or their environment without regulation.
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    H.R.2531 AKA the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act I support and recommend the passage of House Bill H.R.2531 AKA the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act — aims to support domestic production of minerals that are of strategic and critical importance to the  economic and national security, energy infrastructure, and manufacturing competitiveness of the U.S. The current mining permitting process is slow, burdensome and inefficient — in some cases taking a decade for a final decision to be made. Shortening the process and clarifying the federal agencies that are responsible for managing it will help new mining projects gain approval more quickly so they can produce critical and strategic minerals domestically. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻HR-2531👍🏻👍🏻. 7.20.19
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    We’ve mined plenty of these materials already! The process doesn’t need to be shortened. There’s something very important called the environment that we’re supposed to protect! Shortening the process will only mean ignoring any environmental or public health concerns!
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    Hell NO! God,they will never cease in their efforts to destroy our earth, will they? There will be hell to pay, if we don’t stop this. People, WAKE UP! PLEASE! Like it, I.Got.an.Idea. How can we continue to ignore the facts/truth? It’s beyond me!
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    We live in a country that should properly and carefully vet all permis
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    Absolutely NOT. There is a reason we have regulations on mining activities. We all know that rushing any activity, generally results in errors and failures that harm the public. Most of the issues we are experiencing today is due to deregulation, putting profits before people and miscommunication. Hyperconsumerism and Hypercapitalism is taking away life-Quality and only benefits special interests. Many of the problems we are experiencing worldwide, are caused from these practices. The pacific trash/ plastic island. Deteriorating coral reefs, depletion of ocean ecosystems, massive oil spills, fracking, massive landfills, landfill leaks, phosphate mining and major toxic spills in Florida, destruction of Florida Everglades, toxification of Great Lakes, Toxic pollution in Onondaga Lake - Syracuse, NY, destruction and deterioration of Florida intracoastal waters, blue-green algae, red tide, brown tide, Lake Okeechobee, Blue Cypress Lake, City Of St Petersburg FL dumping millions of gallons of sewage into Tampabay for profits, Chicago dumping all sewage into Great Lakes and Mississippi River for profits, massive oil spills for profits, chemicals sprayed over all farmlands for profits. We spill milk for profits. This issue there is farmers bred too many dairy cows for profits and seek Government funds for profit, after consuming more land, water, grains, human food for profits. All of these issues are caused from Corporate greed and negatively impact the life-quality of the Citizens of The United States. They make people sick, diseased, dead or murdered and Corporations profit from people’s sickness and death. Tax payers are forced to clean up the toxins-and issues created by these Corporate greed and profits. Put people first, environment first, wildlife, ecosystems and Corporations will still be able to profit. Make America Great Again - Put People First, Put Environment First. Everyone prospers. There will still be jobs. If a corrupt company goes under, an ethical company will move in to employ people and provide services and products.
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    I have a very bad feeling about this bill and that it’s being set up especially for the purposes of rare earth mineral mining, the most polluting type of mining on the face of the earth. No. Absolutely no. We already complain that China is the most polluting country of all and that is why. They have a near monopoly on rare earth mining which I know the US would love to break but we have never been able to do so because the cost of not totally destroying the environment makes it cost prohibitive and it is a very long process to get approvals. No mining process of any kind should ever be sped up at the cost of damage or potential damage to our environment. Enough damage has already been done for the sake of the almighty dollar. I will never support this bill.
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    This is nothing more than a bid to rape our natural resources & destroying the earth for the sake of money. Look at what is happening in Arizona where the guy who wants to construct around a town deplete the water and will kill endangered species. Once these are gone they do not come back.
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    I don't think there should be mining at all.
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    No—Mark Amodei HR 2531 Nay due to environmental damages!!
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