Natural Resources to vote on mineral, conservation bills

By Hannah Northey, Scott Streater | 03/11/2024 06:25 AM EDT

The House committee will also take up public lands legislation during a markup Tuesday.

Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.).

The House Natural Resources Committee will vote this week on legislation from Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) to make sure all hardrock mining projects get fast-track permitting. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The House Natural Resources Committee will vote on public land and mining bills this week, including legislation against a Biden administration plan to fast-track critical mineral projects.

H.R. 6862 would block a proposed rule from the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council — an agency set up to expedite environmental reviews for large projects — to only accelerate permitting of mining projects deemed critical by the federal government.

Republican Reps. Doug Lamborn of Colorado, Dan Newhouse of Washington and Blake Moore of Utah unveiled the legislation late last year to ensure all hardrock mineral projects would be eligible for expedited consideration under the so-called FAST-41 streamlined regulatory review process.


The proposed rule would limit the scope of “mining” to critical mineral projects — including processing and recycling — as defined by the Energy Act of 2020 and listed by the U.S. Geological Survey or by an act of Congress.