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Masquerading as “strategic and critical minerals” policy, this rider limits public input and oversight for the nation’s largest toxic polluter, the hardrock mining industry.

Division E Subverts the Public’s Role in our Governments’ Mining Decisions

NEPA Waiver

This rider does away with the well established National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process for all existing and new hardrock mine projects on public lands, including National Forests.

Shifting Burden to States

Instead, under-resourced state agencies will shoulder greater administrative burdens for permitting and environmental reviews- costing them more money while facing strict deadlines.