Summary: H.R.2743 — 96th Congress (1979-1980)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (10/01/1980)

(Measure passed Senate, amended)

National Materials and Minerals Policy Research and Development Act of 1980 - Declares it to be the continuing policy of the United States to promote an adequate and stable supply of materials necessary to maintain the national economic well-being and security. Directs the President to: (1) direct the responsible departments and agencies to identify, assist, and make recommendations to effectuate such policy; (2) support basic and applied research and development relating to the exploration, discovery, recovery, use, and recycling of renewable and nonrenewable resources; (3) provide for improved collection, analysis, and dissemination of scientific, technical, and economic materials information and data from government and nongovernmental sources; (4) assess the need for technically trained personnel necessary for materials research, development, and industrial practice; (5) establish early warning systems for materials supply problems; (6) recommend to Congress appropriate measures to promote industrial innovation in materials and materials technologies; (7) encourage cooperative materials research and problem-solving by private corporations in materials industries and Federal and State institutions with shared interests; (8) assess Federal policies regarding recycled and virgin sources of materials; and (9) assess the opportunities for the United States to promote cooperative multilateral and bilateral agreements for materials development in foreign nations to increase the reliability of materials supplies to the Nation.

Directs the President to submit to Congress a program plan to implement existing or prospective proposals and organizational structures, including budget proposals and organizational structures providing for long-range analysis of materials, policy analysis, and continuing private sector consultation.

Requires the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy: (1) through the Federal Coordinating Council for Science, Engineering, and Technology, to coordinate Federal materials research and development and related activities; (2) to emphasize long-range assessments of national materials needs; and (3) to prepare an assessment of such needs related to scientific and technological changes over the next five years.

Directs the Secretary of Commerce, in consultation with specified Cabinet members, to submit to Congress a report assessing critical materials needs related to national economic well-being and industrial security and recommending programs to assist in meeting such needs, including an assessment of economic stockpiles.

Directs the Secretary of the Interior to promptly initiate actions to: (1) improve the capacity of the Bureau of Mines to assess international mineral supplies; (2) increase the level of research in critical and strategic minerals; and (3) improve the availability and analysis of mineral data in Federal land use decisionmaking. Requires a report summarizing such actions be made available to Congress within one year.

Directs the Secretary of the Interior to collect and evaluate information concerning mineral occurrence, production, and use from industry, academia, and Federal and State agencies.

States that the provisions and requirements of the Mining and Minerals Policy Act of 1970 remain unchanged by this Act.

Directs the Secretary of the Interior to collect and evaluate information concerning mineral occurrence, production, and use from industry, academia, and Federal and State agencies.

States that the provisions and requirements of the Mining and Minerals Policy Act of 1970 remain unchanged by this Act.

Directs the Secretary of the Interior to transfer to Boise, Idaho, the geothermal resources in specified lands. Authorizes the Secretary to utilize geothermal resources found under the Boise District Office Site.