Legislative and Regulatory Update
April 2015 by Scott Harn
- require agencies to choose the least costly option when considering regulations.
- restrict agencies’ use of interim regulations without public comment and provide for a quick judicial review if used.
- require hearings to review the accuracy of data for the most costly regulations.
There are a few questions you will need to ask yourself before you apply for a suction dredge permit from the State Water Resources Control Board.
The Senator’s office was very receptive to the small miner’s plight and was unaware of the dire problems created by the over-regulation of small-scale mining from so many different fronts. It was pointed out that S 145 may help the large mining companies a little, but falls woefully short in addressing the needs of small operators who make up 85% of domestic mines.
Unfortunately, mining is politically unpopular and support of the mining industry, no matter how many jobs it brings to a state, even in times of difficult financial need, is never popular among politicians of any stripe.
- Bernhardt confirmed
- State of Montana to appeal Rock Creek decision
...we packed up our two dredges and headed for our claim about an hour away on the South Fork of the Clearwater to dredge openly in opposition to the EPA.
We can’t say it wasn’t expected. The California Department of Fish & Game released revised suction gold dredging regulations on February 17, 2012, and it’s obvious the agency wants to make life as difficult as possible for dredgers.
We definitely got their undivided attention with our presentations. As a direct result of our presentations, the Desert Advisory Council recommended a Memorandum of Understanding be put together between the council and the Rand Mining District. This MOU was recently completed.
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