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Pacific Island Gov'ts Focus on Undersea Mining

Pacific Island nations have started devising regulatory laws to help create a new industry in this near-resourceless region: mining the sea floor.

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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Flurry of new bills in Congress
• Gold mining bills in Washington State
• Idaho suction dredging bill
• California suction dredging update
• PLP fundraising drive

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