Domestic Minerals Production Could Boost Manufacturing

Domestic Minerals Production Could Boost Manufacturing

With such an abundance of mineral resources here in the United States, why are manufacturers being kept from utilizing more domestic minerals and metals? The answer is the duplicative permitting process for new minerals mines. This process, outdated and entangled in a bureaucratic red tape, continuously stalls projects with unnecessary delays, ultimately keeping valuable raw materials locked underground and jobs overseas. As it stands, it can take nearly a decade for companies to receive approval to mine for minerals in the United States — five times longer than it takes in countries, such as Canada and Australia, with similarly strict environmental regulations.

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