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Pending Rules & Regulations

In Need of Comments from Concerned Prospectors and Miners:

Comment Deadlines  Pending Rule or Regulation Applies To:
May 19, 2010 Scoping for Environmental Impact Statement for proposed Hollister underground mine project, Elko County, Nevada
BLM Notice and comment instructions
Ongoing California Department of Fish & Game review and summary of available studies in preparation for a new draft EIR on suction gold dredging. pdf file, 122 pages California
Ongoing Forest Service attempt to restrict access via Travel Management Plans
Public Lands for the People has filed a lawsuit against the Forest Service, addressing the Travel Management Plan established for the Eldorado National Forest. Eldorado was chosen because it was one of the first to establish a TMP and restrict access.
August 6, 2009 SB 670, a bill in California to end suction gold dredging. Bill was signed by Governor Schwarzenegger. PLP is preparing a court challenge.  California
May 20, 2009 US Senate Environment & Public Works Committee to consider taking control of waterways away from states All States
May 18, 2009 California Senate to vote on whether to ban suction gold dredging. California
January 29, 2009 BLM's Draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for the John Day Basin, Oregon. See the Draft RMP/EIS for more info. Comments can be submitted online using their online submit form, or via email. Oregon
November 28, 2008 Comments needed on proposed ESA regulations for carbon dioxide.
Comments should be identified by the following Docket ID Number: EPA-HQ-OAR-2008-0318
Comment Online by following their instructions or via Email
By Fax: 202-566-9744
By mail:
  Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center
  Environmental Protection Agency
  Mailcode: 2822T
  1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
  Washington, DC 20460 
Read the EPA proposed rule here
All States
October 23, 2008 Proposed Colorado Roadless Rule
Send written comments to:
  Roadless Area Conservation
  ColoradoPO Box 162909
  Sacramento, CA 95816-2909

Fax comments to:
  (916) 456-6724

Email comments to:

View the Federal Register Notice (23-page pdf)
May 27, 2008 Forest Service proposed changes to 36 CFR Parts 223, 228, 261, 292, 293
Send written comments to:
  Forest Service, USDA
  Attn: Director, Mineral & Geology Management (MGM) Staff (2810)
  Mail Stop 1126
  Washington, DC 20250-1125

Fax Comments to:
  (703) 605-1575

Email comments to:

View the Federal Register Notice
 All States
January 28, 2008 Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife proposed new regulations to govern small-scale mining
(Proposed amendments removed by WDFW. For current rules, see wdfw.wa.gov/habitat/goldfish/)