We, the undersigned Chambers of Commerce, appreciate the Committee holding the hearing, “A Review of Waters of the U.S. Regulations: Their Impact on States and the American People.” We are committed to the protection and restoration of America’s wetlands and waters, and the definition of “Waters of the United States” (“WOTUS”) is critical to our membership, as many of our members engage in activities subject to the Clean Water Act’s (“CWA”) extensive permitting requirements.
There’s no doubt that greener energy technologies require minerals like copper, nickel, cobalt, and other rare earth elements. These are the raw materials needed to build everything from cell phones to airplanes, computers, solar panels and self-driving cars. As the United States increases its use of renewable power, we will need rare earth minerals to manufacturer solar panels, battery, and other technologies.