Trump signs executive order to fast-track federal mining permits
October 5, 2020
President Donald Trump signed an executive order and declared a national emergency Wednesday to expand the domestic mining industry.
The executive order is also meant to support mining jobs, alleviate unnecessary permitting delays and reduce the nation’s dependence on China for critical minerals.
According to a White House description of the order sent to the News Tribune, it directs all relevant agencies to accelerate the permitting process for mining projects. "There are several key permits for mines that might be able to be completed and finalized in the next several weeks," the release said.