New York Partner Andrew Otis Quoted by E&E News Greenwire on Biden's Use of Defense Production Act to Boost Mining

E&E News Greenwire
April 8, 2022

New York Partner Andrew Otis was quoted by E&E News Greenwire on Biden’s deployment of the Defense Production Act, which is aimed to liberate funding for fledgling mining projects across the country to bolster the production of minerals crucial in the manufacturing of electric car batteries — lithium, cobalt, nickel, graphite and manganese. Otis explains, that given existing environmental laws and regulations, the deployment is unlikely to increase the development of new domestic projects due to restrictions surrounding federal environmental permitting.

Otis explains the robust permitting regime forces mining projects in the United States to be subject to higher health and safety standards than seen in other countries, and said he doesn’t “really see this changing things very much.”

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