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Suction Dredging Battle Escalates

• State attorneys claim the Court of Appeals wrongly relied on South Dakota Mining Association v. Lawrence County regarding federal preemption...

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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Oregon's attack on suction gold dredging
• New DOI Director nominated
• More Forest Service restrictions in the works
• California suction gold dredging

PLP To Address Needs Of Small Miners With Proposed Amendment


The Senator’s office was very receptive to the small miner’s plight and was unaware of the dire problems created by the over-regulation of small-scale mining from so many different fronts. It was pointed out that S 145 may help the large mining companies a little, but falls woefully short in addressing the needs of small operators who make up 85% of domestic mines.

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NOI or POO for small backhoe

MMAC & PLP Update


Each separate Mining District is a federally recognized entity. There are huge advantages—picture yourself going to an oversight meeting where 2, 3, 4, or even more Mining District representatives have obtained voting positions on the board. 

Government Takes Land for Open Space


Rather than using the practice of government seizure of private property to promote economic development, the county is using it to preserve open space.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Partial win for miners
• California suction dredging
• Feds continue to push for more public lands
• Idaho suction dredging

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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