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  • FAST-41-created agency will shepherd zinc, manganese mining project forward
  • Enabling domestic mining more effective than taking U.S. resources off table

WASHINGTON  – Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), the leading energy and environmental advocate for families and businesses, issued the following statement in response to the Biden Administration’s first use of the FAST-41 process for a critical minerals project. It is attributable to CEA President David Holt.

“The Biden Administration’s use of an expedited permitting process for the Hermosa manganese and zinc mine in Arizona is proof the U.S. can move faster when it comes to enabling domestic mining of the minerals we need to advance clean energy goals. This is a helpful first piece in the permitting puzzle, and far more effective than taking American natural resources off the table.”

“As the permitting reform debate continues in Washington, CEA urges our leaders to examine why the U.S. needs a body like FAST-41’s Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council to speed things up. A modernized, thorough and swift reimagination of federal permitting could do a better job for projects across the board, not just individual ones.”



About Consumer Energy Alliance
Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) is the leading voice for sensible energy and environmental policies for consumers, bringing together families, farmers, small businesses, distributors, producers, and manufacturers to support America’s environmentally sustainable energy future. With more than 550,000 members nationwide, we are committed to leading the nation’s dialogue around energy, its critical role in the economy, and how it supports the vital supply chains for the families and businesses that depend on them. CEA works daily to encourage communities across the nation to seek sensible, realistic, and environmentally responsible solutions to meet our nation’s energy needs.

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