WASHINGTON, D.C.– National Mining Association (NMA) president and CEO Hal Quinn issued the following statement after Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) was confirmed to be the nation’s next Secretary of the Interior:
“Our congratulations go to Secretary Zinke on his confirmation as Secretary of the Interior.
“His understanding of the mining industry, and the importance of natural resources like coal and minerals to our nation, will be invaluable in managing our federal lands with thoughtful attention given to both environmental considerations and economic realities.
“Smart policies that support both American lands and businesses can be a reality, and we look forward to working with Secretary Zinke to this end.”