President Trump signed an Executive Order on Wednesday, declaring a National Emergency to expand the domestic mining industry, support mining jobs, alleviate unnecessary permitting delays, and reduce our nation’s reliance on China for critical minerals. Congressman Stauber personally requested that the President take this step.
“COVID-19 has further shined a light on the deficiency of our critical minerals supply chain and highlights the urgency in which we must expand domestic mining. Now more than ever, we need Minnesota’s miners as we work to eliminate dependence on unreliable nations that utilize forced child labor and environmentally destructive practices for goods that we, in the United States, use in our everyday life. I applaud this Administration for acting on my request and taking this monumental step towards empowering Minnesota’s miners to responsibly source the resources needed for our national security, infrastructure, and manufacturing needs.”
The Executive Order begins the process for the Department of Interior to develop a program to use its authorities under the Defense Production Act (DPA) to fund mineral processing that protects our national security. Through this Order, Federal agencies will use their authorities to investigate and work to decrease our nation’s reliance on mineral imports.
Northern Minnesota is home to the Duluth Complex, one of the largest undeveloped mineral deposits in the world, containing more than 4 billion tons of copper, nickel, cobalt, platinum-group elements, and others.
According to the United States Geological Survey, the United States is reliant on foreign nations without our best interests at heart for metals that can be mined in northern Minnesota.