Washington — Wyoming Congresswoman and House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) issued a statement after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a draft rule providing much needed regulatory relief for the soda ash industry which is crucial to Wyoming. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) also released a statement applauding the rule and Congresswoman Cheney’s efforts on behalf of Wyoming workers. 

“Wyoming has the largest deposit of trona in the world and the soda ash it creates is a critical component in products we use every day,” said Congresswoman Cheney. “Today’s proposed rule to allow for the reduction of the royalty rate to mine trona is a vital step towards ensuring producers in Wyoming remain competitive with Turkey and China, which are dramatically distorting the global market by subsidizing production and creating synthetic soda ash. I have worked extensively with the Trump Administration on this proposed rule to ultimately level the playing field for U.S. trona producers, which will allow them to expand their operations and create more jobs in Wyoming. I look forward to our continued work on this important issue for our state as the rule-making process moves forward.”

“The moment that Liz was elected to Congress, she joined the fight against unfair royalty rate policies on soda ash, and her leadership has helped us take this issue over the finish line,” said Leader McCarthy. “The Bureau of Land Management’s decision is a big win for western miners and trona producers in Wyoming, California and across the west who are all on track to grow and compete on a level playing field against foreign producers following today’s ruling.”