Natural Resources to vote on Western water, minerals bills

By Manuel Quiñones | 06/10/2024 06:54 AM EDT

The House committee will also mark up conservation and public land bills.

Bingham Canyon copper mine in Herriman, Utah.

A 2022 view of the Bingham Canyon copper mine in Herriman, Utah. Republicans want to add copper to the U.S. Geological Survey's critical minerals list. Rick Bowmer/AP

The House Natural Resources Committee will mark up almost a dozen bills this week to expand federal critical mineral efforts and address Western water concerns.

H.R. 8446, the “Critical Mineral Consistency Act,” from Republican Reps. Juan Ciscomani and Eli Crane of Arizona and Dan Newhouse of Washington, seeks to combine U.S. Geological Survey and Department of Energy critical minerals lists.

The legislation would expand the USGS list to include copper, electrical steel, silicon and silicon carbide to the list of materials considered critical and subject to supply disruptions.


Many Democrats oppose the bill, saying supporters just want to give mining companies that don’t need it subsidies and expedited permitting.