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Legislative and Regulatory Update

• Critical minerals obtain national security status
• Idaho to take over EPA permitting

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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Idaho challenges EPA regulations
• California suction gold dredging

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.

Lawsuit Update From the New 49'ers


Many of you are aware that we have been engaged in litigation with anti-mining activists that have been attacking us through the Karuk Tribe of California since 2003. It all started with their lawsuit against the US Forest Service (USFS), challenging that District Rangers do not have the authority to allow small-scale mining activities under a Notice of Intent (NOI) when the Ranger concludes that the mining activity is not likely to create a substantial surface disturbance.

California Dredgers: A Step Closer to Getting Back in the Water


...Judge Ochoa ordered the parties to participate in mandatory settlement hearings starting June 24, 2014.

MMAC & PLP Update


Just prior to our press deadline, we learned that a bill had been introduced in the Idaho House of Representatives to redefine suction gold dredging as a preferred use in public waterways in Idaho.

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