U.S. Senate Committee Hearing on Domestic Critical Mineral Supply Chains Set This Week

The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources will meet on Thursday, March 31 at 10 a.m. EDT to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing domestic critical mineral mining, processing, refining and reprocessing.

Following opening remarks by Chairman, Sen. Joe Manchin, and fellow ranking member, Sen. John Barrasso, the Committee will hear witness testimony from the following panel members:

  • Steve Fortier, Director of the USGS National Minerals Information Center;
  • Scott Melbye, President of Uranium Producers of America;
  • Julie Padilla, Chief Regulatory Officer of Twin Metals Minnesota;
  • Abigail Wulf, Vice President, Critical Minerals Strategy and Director of the Center for Critical Minerals Strategy for the non-profit organization, Securing America’s Future Energy; and
  • Paul Ziemkiewicz, Director, West Virginia Water Research Institute at West Virginia University.

Although the U.S. Senate office buildings remain closed to the general public, the hearing will be available via live webcast on the Committee’s website. An archived video will be available shortly after conclusion of the hearing. Witness testimony will be available on the website at the beginning of the hearing.