Full Committee Hearing On Domestic Critical Mineral Supply Chains

March 31, 2022
10:00 AM
366 Dirksen Senate Office Building

The hearing will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 366 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC.

The purpose of the hearing is to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing domestic critical mineral mining, processing, refining, and reprocessing. 

The Committee will follow guidelines developed in consultation with the Office of the Attending Physician and the Senate Rules Committee to protect the health of members, staff, and the public. Pursuant to this guidance, Senate office buildings are not open to the public other than official business visitors and credentialed press at this time. Accordingly, in-person visitors cannot be accommodated at this hearing.

The hearing will be webcast live on the Committee’s website, and an archived video will be available shortly after the hearing concludes. Witness testimony will be available on the website at the start of the hearing.

Archived Webcast

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Opening Remarks

  • Sen. Joe Manchin

    Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • Sen. John Barrasso

    Ranking Member
    Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

Witness Panel 1

  • Dr. Steve Fortier

    Director, USGS National Minerals Information Center
    U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Mr. Scott Melbye

    Uranium Producers of America
  • Ms. Julie Padilla

    Chief Regulatory Officer
    Twin Metals Minnesota
  • Ms. Abigail Wulf

    Vice President, Critical Minerals Strategy and Director of the Center for Critical Minerals Strategy
    Securing America's Future Energy
  • Dr. Paul Ziemkiewicz

    Director, West Virginia Water Research Institute
    West Virginia University