In the US, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2015 has advanced in Congress despite partisan objections. According to the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, the bill would ease permitting for domestic mines providing strategic and critical minerals, including aggregates used in infrastructure projects.
“We appreciate that this legislation includes the aggregates imperative to infrastructure as ‘critical and strategic.’ Construction or reconstruction of bridges, roads, highways, ports and runways can’t proceed without access to these essential natural resources,” said NSSGA Senior Vice President for Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Pam Whitted.
The bill was approved by a vote of 23-14 by the House Natural Resources Committee. The legislation would recognise the importance of aggregates to construction.
Adapted from press release by Katherine Guenioui
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