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  • Attorney General ends EPA slush fund

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Dredge Mining—Current Situation in Idaho


Tomten concedes the scenario of federal environmental agents swooping in on river dredges near historic mining towns like Idaho City, Rocky Bar or Placerville remains unlikely.

Retired Geologist Warned Public of Pending EPA Disaster


Retired geologist Dave Taylor of Farmington, New Mexico, predicted the disaster in a letter published by the Silverton Standard a week before it occurred.

Successful Rally for Suction Dredge Miners in Idaho


Representative Paul Shepherd stopped by, and Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik dove with one of the dredgers so he could see for himself that no harm was being done to fish or their habitat.

Taking on the EPA, Sasquatch, Ratchilla and Gold Dredging


...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.

Nevada Mining Tax Cap Repeal Clears Committee


An Assembly panel approved a measure to repeal the constitutional tax cap on net proceeds paid by mining companies in Nevada.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • Welcome changes in Washington, DC
  • Giving power back to the people

Revised Dredge Regulations Published for California—Pure Garbage


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.

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