US Mining Projects Face Dim Future Without Permit Reform

Law360, New York (July 13, 2012, 8:49 PM EDT) -- A mining bill that cleared the U.S. House of Representatives this week is a step in the right direction toward reforming a burdensome review process, but attorneys say mineral extraction projects will languish if Washington can't close the deal and implement comprehensive permitting reform.

Long wait times and layers of bureaucratic scrutiny have given the U.S. one of the longest mineral mine permitting processes in the world, which industry veterans say is scaring off potential project sponsors and sending lawmakers scrambling to bandage a wound that...
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