Legislative and Regulatory Update
February 2016 by Scott Harn
• Hearing date moved up for preliminary injunction for California suction dredging
• Anti-mining bills in Oregon lead to recall effort
Federal and state regulatory agencies often cite mercury and methyl mercury in our waterways as a major factor for further restrictions on placer mining, and on suction gold dredge mining, in particular. However, these regulatory agencies are minimizing selenium and its neutralizing effects.
Landowners complained that mineral mining on or near their property could damage property values while leaving them without a cut of potential profits.
• Lawsuits galore
• Suction dredging saga continues
• HR 1937 to streamline permitting, remove obstacles to miners
• Sage-grouse debate continues
• More National Monuments
First, the US Forest Service does not have any authority to enforce or administer any “claim jumping” laws, period.
The current administration is receptive; we believe the time is ripe to push for a return to reasonable regulations and to restore mining to a priority for public lands as long as some new crisis doesn’t take precedent.
• "Recreational" mining bills in Washington State
• Three more national monuments
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