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Record $11 Million Fine for California Mine

State regulators imposed a record $11 million fine on the operators of a gold mine in the Sierra foothills east of Sacramento.

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• Hike in mining claim fees
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• Comment deadlines approaching for frog listings and habitat
• EPA seeks more control
• Comments due in Washington
• California dredging moratorium
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Significant Progress for California Suction Gold Dredgers


It was a milestone day in the battle to maintain the rights of miners to dredge on federal mining claims in California.

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• Idaho challenges EPA regulations
• California suction gold dredging

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.”

MMAC & PLP Update

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PLP had been attempting to raise funds to hire a lobbyist. The excessive cost made it prohibitive, so Clark and Joe packed up their bags and headed off to make this trip themselves.

PLP Update


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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