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Colorado Mining Association Appeals Roadless Ruling

The Colorado Mining Association is asking the US Supreme Court to review a 2001 rule that largely barred new roads on 58 million acres of roadless areas in national forests.

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Today's MSHA


We all know that it was never Congress’ intent to regulate gold panners and other individual mine operators through MSHA. In fact, I believe the concept of owner-operated mines with no employees was so strange a concept to the lawmakers that they never even thought there would be a need for such an exemption.

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I’m combining these columns this month because there is an overlapping issue I wanted to address -- the new Interior Department “working group” on mining reform

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• Congress deals with other priorities
• Alaska miners get relief on state lands

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  • Oregon miners petition US Supreme Court in Bohmker v. Oregon
  • Wheeler receives hearing as EPA administrator

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I want to stress that this is just the first step to fixing many of the regulatory issues we identified in discussions with the current administration. There will be plenty more to come.

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Minnesota Lawmakers Move to Stop New Mines


Companion bills set to be proposed by state lawmakers and US Rep. Betty McCollum seek to block copper mining on federal lands…

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