House Sends Senate Bill To Hasten Mineral Mine Permitting

Law360, New York (July 12, 2012, 9:32 PM EDT) -- After a spirited debate, the U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday afternoon to send the Senate a bill that drastically would shorten the process for would-be developers of nonfuel mineral mines to obtain project permits.

The Republican-controlled House endorsed H.R. 4402, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2012, in a politically charged, 256-160 vote that saw 22 Democrats cross the political aisle despite warnings from colleagues that the vaguely worded bill would strip important environmental protections and provisions for public input and judicial...
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