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Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Obama’s parting shots
• California suction dredging
• Oregon follows California’s lead
• Lawsuit coming; bill introduced to stop mining in Washington State
• President Trump halts new federal regulations

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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act
• CA suction dredging update
• Appropriations Bill addresses problems at EPA
• Bad science, worse policy

Addressing EPA Overreach: What Dredgers Need to Know


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been attempting to extend their authority and intimidate miners and other public land users for decades. Suction gold dredgers are no exception, and we want to highlight a recent example of how to deal with this federal overreach.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • PLF sues over critical habitat
  • Attorney General ends EPA slush fund

Reminder: Annual Claim Filings Due


Please note that new mining claims filed on or after September 1, 2019, will be subject to the new fee schedule.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


Oregon Senate passes Senate Bill 3

Ask The Experts: Should I take my claim access problems to the Desert Advisory Council?


Q: The nearest access to the claim is a half mile walk, which is tough for a lode claim.

PLP Update: Back to The 'Swamp' on Behalf of Small Miners


We spent the morning in a meeting with one of the higher-ups at the US Forest Service. I presented him with 412 complaints received from our readers, along with a summary of the complaints to make his job easier.

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