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  • Proposed budget for EPA
  • California SB 1222
  • 640 million acres and counting
  • Gold and silver bullion

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PLP Update: How to Restore The Rights of Suction Dredge Miners


A two-pronged approach is necessary to restore suction dredging; federal preemption needs to be established as addressed above via petition; and clarification from the EPA is needed to establish that no Section 402 permit is necessary when there is no “addition” of a pollutant.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • Budd-Falen in line to become next director at BLM
  • Ten national monuments slated for changes or reductions
  • California adds another fee

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • DOI to address threatened species
  • 141 Confirmations still pending
  • California withdrawals canceled

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Show of support needed for anti-EPA bills
• Arizona mining data now online
• California suction dredge hearings
• Update on Forest Service abuse in Washington

MMAC & PLP Update


Keep in mind there are specific steps that must be taken to get your traditional mining district organized if it has fallen into disarray.

Oregon Anti-Dredging Bill


SB 765...would tax suction gold dredgers by charging a $50 annual fee for in-state dredgers and a whopping $2,500 fee for out-of-state dredgers for each county where the miner intends to dredge.

The Disappearance of State Mining Departments


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.

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