Legislative and Regulatory Update
May 2018 by Scott Harn
- DOI to address threatened species
- 141 Confirmations still pending
- California withdrawals canceled
- Administration issues proposals to fix mining access and permitting
- Online “webinar” and request for comments for proposed Forest Service NEPA revisions
Bottom line for you fellow miners: file your claims now in these areas or risk being forever locked out!
They cited concerns that the Trump administration would allow more logging, oil drilling, mining or development on some of the 46 million acres controlled by the federal government in California.
• Refunds coming to Nevada claimholders
• More wilderness proposed
• Forest Service planning rule
…what I’d like to focus on in this update is the assistance they provided to a suction gold dredger in Idaho being harassed by an environmental group.
The Senator’s office was very receptive to the small miner’s plight and was unaware of the dire problems created by the over-regulation of small-scale mining from so many different fronts. It was pointed out that S 145 may help the large mining companies a little, but falls woefully short in addressing the needs of small operators who make up 85% of domestic mines.
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PLP and MMAC Update