Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013 - Title I:
Development of Domestic Sources of Strategic and Critical Minerals - (Sec.
101) Deems a domestic mine that will provide strategic and critical minerals to
be an "infrastructure project" as described in Presidential Order
"Improving Performance of Federal Permitting and Review of Infrastructure
Projects" dated March 22, 2012.
Sets forth the responsibilities of the lead agency (federal, state, local,
tribal, or Alaska Native Corporation) with responsibility for issuing a mineral
exploration or mine permit with respect to project coordination, agency
consultation, project proponents, contractors, and the status and scope of any
environmental impact statement.
the lead agency to determine that any action to approve an exploration or mine
permit does not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the
quality of the human environment within the meaning of the National
Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) if the procedural and substantive
safeguards of the lead agency's permitting process alone, any applicable state
permitting process alone, or a combination of the two processes together
provide an adequate mechanism to ensure that environmental factors are taken
Requires the lead agency's project lead, upon request of
a project proponent, to enter into an agreement with the project proponent and
other cooperating agencies that sets time limits for each part of the
Act to a mineral exploration or mine permit for which an application was
submitted before enactment of this Act if the applicant so requests in writing.
Requires the lead agency to begin implementing this Act with
respect to such application within 30 days after receiving such request.
the lead agency, with respect to strategic and critical minerals within a
federally administered unit of the National Forest System, to: (1) exempt from
federal regulations governing Special Areas all areas of identified mineral
resources in Land Use Designations (other than Non-Development Land Use
Designations); (2) apply such exemption to all additional routes and areas that
the agency finds necessary to facilitate the construction, operation,
maintenance, and restoration of the areas of the identified mineral resources;
and (3) continue to apply such exemptions after approval of the Minerals Plan
of Operations for the unit.
Declares that the priority of the lead agency is to maximize
mineral resource development while mitigating environmental impacts, so that
more of the mineral resource can be brought to the market place.
Prescribes the Federal Register notice process for mineral
exploration and mining projects.
Judicial Review of Agency Actions Relating to Exploration and Mine Permits - (Sec. 202) Bars a civil action claiming legal wrong
caused by an agency action unless it is filed by the end of the 60-day period
beginning on the date of the final federal agency action to which it relates.
Authorizes the holder of a mineral exploration or mine permit
to intervene as of right in any covered civil action by a person affecting
rights or obligations of the permit holder under the permit.
Requires the court to hear and determine any covered civil action as
expeditiously as possible.
Prohibits the court, in a covered civil action, from granting or approving
prospective relief unless it finds that such relief is narrowly drawn, extends
no further than necessary to correct the violation of a legal requirement, and
is the least intrusive means necessary to correct such violation.
Declares inapplicable to such civil action specified
requirements of the Equal Access to Justice Act relating to award of costs and
fees to a prevailing plaintiff.
Prohibits payment from the federal government for court
costs of a party in such a civil action, including attorneys' fees and