National Critical Materials Council Law and Legal Definition

The National Critical Materials Council (“Council”) that provides for necessary coordination of critical materials policies, including all facets of research and technology, among the various agencies and departments of the federal Government. It also makes recommendations for the implementation of such policies. The Council will be composed of three members who is appointed by the President and who serves at the pleasure of the President. The President designates one of the members to serve as Chairman. Each member as a result of training, experience, and achievement, is qualified to carry out the duties and functions of the Council. In addition, at least one of the members will have a background in and understanding of environmentally related issues.[30 USCS § 1802].

The following are the objectives of the Council:

1.Bringing to the attention of the President, the Congress, and the general public such materials issues and concerns, including research and development, as are deemed critical to the economic and strategic health of the nation;

2.Ensuring adequate and continuing consultation with the private sector concerning critical materials, materials research and development, use of materials, federal materials policies, and related matters;

3.Establishing a national federal program for advanced materials research and technology, including basic phenomena through processing and manufacturing technology;

4.Stimulating innovation and technology utilization in basic as well as advanced materials industries.