Legislative and Regulatory Update
August 2011 by Scott Harn• California suction dredging
• House shows support for public land use
• Judge orders reconsideration of “bi-state” sage grouse population in California and Nevada
• Environmental groups attempt to reinstate hard rock rule
Bottom line for you fellow miners: file your claims now in these areas or risk being forever locked out!
Oregon Senate passes Senate Bill 3
Modoc County, California, is the latest county to use emergency powers to declare a state of emergency in order to take control of roads and trails away from federal agencies.
• Idaho continues toward elimination of EPA suction dredging regulations
• EPA makes preemptive strike against Alaska mine
• Proposed Mines Act permit fees
Keep in mind there are specific steps that must be taken to get your traditional mining district organized if it has fallen into disarray.
If you need more proof that having an organized Mining District can help you, look no further than the recently proposed Methow Headwaters Withdrawal in north-central Washington State.
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