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EPA Chief to Reconsider Paying Claims Over Mine Waste Spill

“We feel that we can clean up an area that has been abandoned after 100 years of mining,” Lyon said.

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Mining Community Loses A Great Leader: Gerald "Jerry" Hobbs


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Forest Service v. Michael & Linda Backlund


On Tuesday morning, August 26, 2010, my clients Michael and Linda Backlund were forced to plead guilty to a charge of violating 36 CFR §261.10(b), which criminalizes maintaining a residence on Forest Service land without authorization “when such authorization is required.” This is a new regulation pursuant to which virtually anything, even a tent, is an unlawful “residence” unless authorized in advance.

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