McCarthy, Cook, Cheney, and Barrasso Urge Interior Department to Lower Royalty Rate for Soda Ash
Yesterday, Congressman Kevin McCarthy, Congressman Paul Cook (CA-08), Congresswoman Liz Cheney (WY-AL), and Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) led a bipartisan, bicameral letter signed by 30 Members to the United States Department of the Interior in support of the proposed Non-Energy Solid Leasable Mineral Royalty Rate Reduction regulation.
Highlights are below, or read the full letter here:
“We believe the U.S. Department of the Interior…should have the authority to determine a lower royalty rate for non-energy solid leasable minerals. This mineral group includes soda ash, a primary raw material in the manufacturing of glass, detergents, and other household products.
“The purpose of this proposed rule is to address shortcomings with existing royalty rate reduction regulations for non-energy solid leasable minerals. Adding Section 3513.17 to the regulations, as proposed, will allow the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to make its own determination of need for an industry-wide royalty rate reduction for soda ash and other non-energy leasable solid minerals. Currently, the domestic soda ash industry faces severe and unprecedented global competition from synthetic soda ash manufactured in China. Final approval of this rule will strengthen U.S. production and export of natural soda ash, and will ensure that our domestic soda ash industry remains competitive and robust.
“As supporters of the domestic soda ash industry, we thank you for advancing this rulemaking. A lower federal royalty rate on soda ash will level the playing field in domestic and global markets, and will allow this vital U.S. industry to expand and add jobs throughout the supply chain. We appreciate your continued focus on this important rulemaking.”