Legislative and Regulatory Update
May 2022 by Scott Harn
• Environmental groups push for more ESA listings
• Proposed grant program to recruit mining engineering students
• Change is coming at Interior
• Interior Department seeking public comment regarding minerals
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.
• Salazar pushes wilderness
• California Governor signs AB 120
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.
“We feel that we can clean up an area that has been abandoned after 100 years of mining,” Lyon said.
All 28 groups listed agree that Section 402 of the Clean Water Act does not apply and no dredge miner should be asking a state or federal agency for such a permit.
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