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Suction Gold Dredge Miners Win On Federal Preemption

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

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Oregon Miners Take DEQ to Court, Again


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MMAC & PLP Update -- 2015 Minerals and Mining Regulatory Reform Act


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