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MMAC & PLP Update


On July 4, we are reminded of the sacrifices our Founding Fathers made to establish this great country of ours, and in that spirit, the Minerals and Mining Advisory Council (MMAC) has created a draft Declaration of Miners.And MMAC has been hard at work writing a bill, with the unwavering support of several members of Congress, to reaffirm the rights of miners operating in traditional mining districts.

Comstock Mining Gets Approval


The approval, which affects 87 acres on the south end of Silver City, allows the company to move forward with exploration to determine the area's mining potential.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Oregon dredging bill defeated
• California bill would exempt dredgers from permitting
• Possible ESA listing
• Washington State tries to impose more fees on miners

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • Proposed budget for EPA
  • California SB 1222
  • 640 million acres and counting
  • Gold and silver bullion

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • EPA ends "sue and settle"
  • Sage grouse mineral withdrawal cancelled

Uphill Battle Continues for California Dredgers


There are currently three controlling agencies or entities over suction dredging in California—and you can make that four if the state legislature decides to further muddy the waters with additional legislation to block suction gold dredging in the state.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Some positives in spending bill
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• Judge to rule in favor of suction gold dredgers

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