The United States is far too reliant on other countries for critical minerals that are essential for important industries and national security. This lopsided reliance on foreign providers comes despite the fact that America is blessed with significant mineral reserves. The source of this troubling dynamic is the lengthy and outdated mine permitting process that is well past due for reform. Currently, it can take anywhere from seven to 10 years to secure a mine permit in the U.S., which is a huge deterrent to investment. Learn more about why it’s so important that the U.S. takes steps to protect our critical mineral supply chain at the National Mining Association’s Mining Makes Lives.
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