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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.

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Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • Bill to limit Antiquities Act
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Addressing EPA Overreach: What Dredgers Need to Know


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been attempting to extend their authority and intimidate miners and other public land users for decades. Suction gold dredgers are no exception, and we want to highlight a recent example of how to deal with this federal overreach.

MSHA Moves Ahead on Silica RFI But Leaves All Options Open


For now, MSHA is just collecting information. However, the information it collects will shape what comes next.

Update on MMAC & PLP


Public Lands for the People is working on a Miner's Bill of Rights with the support of several members of Congress.

Oregon Miners Take DEQ to Court, Again


Since 2005, a group representing a handful of Oregon and Washington mining organizations, centered around the Eastern Oregon Mining Association (EOMA) and the Waldo Mining District (WMD), have been actively fighting the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) over their then new “700PM Suction Dredge Mining Permit.”

Suction Gold Dredge Miners Win On Federal Preemption


Judge Ochoa went so far as to call the California permit scheme “unenforceable.”

Michigan House Votes to Give Mining Operations More Flexibility


Casperson said he is not worried about businesses subverting the language in the bill because the DEQ would still have the authority to halt the new construction if it is deemed environmentally unsound.

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