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Addressing EPA Overreach: What Dredgers Need to Know

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been attempting to extend their authority and intimidate miners and other public land users for decades. Suction gold dredgers are no exception, and we want to highlight a recent example of how to deal with this federal overreach.

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Modesto, California Man Finds 18-Ounce Nugget


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