Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 4402 - National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2012

Summaries Derived from Information Provided by Sponsors

Bonamici (OR), Waters (CA), Berman (CA), Moran, James (VA)


Would prohibit issuance of mineral exploration or mine permit under the Act to a person found to be in violation of Sections 13(p) or 13(q) of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, regarding trafficking in conflict minerals.

Boswell (IA)


Would clarifiy the definition of “strategic and critical minerals” to specifically include Rare Earth Elements, or any mineral identified by the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, or the U.S. Geological Survey as a critical or necessary mineral vulnerable to current of future supply shortages/disruptions.

Cravaack (MN)


Would allow projects that have already applied for a permit access to the new expedited process under the bill.

Grijalva, Raul (AZ)


Would exempt from the bill any mineral exploration or mining permit a lead agency determines would diminish opportunities for hunting, fishing, grazing, or recreation on public lands. By protecting the status of hunting , fishing, grazing and other recreational uses on federal lands, the amendment will guarantee that the multiple use mandate for federal lands is not compromised by the underlying bill.

Hastings, Alcee (FL)


Would create an exception for non-profit entities and individuals from the outright elimination (found in Section 205 of H.R. 4402) of the shifting of attorneys' fees pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act.

Hastings, Alcee (FL)


Would give the lead agency, in the event of new or unforeseen information, the authority to extend by two six-month periods the arbitrary 30 month time limit the bill imposes on permit approval.

Holt (NJ)


Would, as a condition of a new mining permit, require disclosure of federal political contributions made by the applicant during the preceding five years.

Kucinich (OH)


REVISED Would require the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to determine the risks to the surrounding communities of cancers, birth defects and other major health problems posed by projects covered by the bill.

Markey, Edward (MA)


Would require a royalty payment of 12.5% of the value of hardrock minerals mined on federal lands. Revenue generated by the royalty payment would be dedicated to cleaning up abandoned hardrock mines.

Tonko (NY)


REVISED Would narrow the scope of the underlying bill to include strategic and critical minerals only.

Young, Don (AK)


Would allow the lead agency, as established under this bill, to exempt existing Mineral Prescriptions for strategic and critical materials within federally administered national forests from the procedures detailed at and all rules promulgated under part 294 of title 36 of the Code for Federal Regulations. In addition, the amendment would extend this exemption to areas integral to access of the Mineral Prescriptions, and the construction, operation, maintenance, and restoration of any existing Mineral Prescriptions.