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

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New Mining Regulations in Maine


Renewed interest in mining of gold, silver, copper and other metals in Aroostook County's Bald Mountain triggered 2012 legislation requiring the overhaul of the state's two-decade-old mining regulations.

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Then I had one of my worst experiences as a prospector when I visited the US Forest Service office for this area.

Emergency Dredging Closures in Washington State


The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) issued emergency rules without public comment just prior to our publication deadline.

Proposed Regulations for California Suction Dredging


One of the most asinine proposals in the SEIR is to require miners to state when and where they will be dredging. This information would be accessible to the public, which would make them prime candidates for getting their homes burglarized while they are out mining.

Obama Administration Moves to Block Mining Near Yellowstone


Republicans and industry representatives have criticized the administration’s eleventh-hour actions to limit development and promised to seek their reversal once Obama leaves office.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • Reminder: Annual claim fees due September 1, 2017
  • Update on California suction gold dredging

EPA Reopens Comments on Pebble Project


The settlement did not grant an immediate approval for the project, but it did begin to clear the way for the company to apply for federal permits—a path the Obama administration previously had thwarted.

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