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Taking on the EPA, Sasquatch, Ratchilla and Gold Dredging

...we packed up our two dredges and headed for our claim about an hour away on the South Fork of the Clearwater to dredge openly in opposition to the EPA.

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Legislative and Regulatory Update


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• EPA ignores Supreme Court ruling with new Idaho permit
• Alaska sues Feds to restore access rights
• California dredgers await next big court date

Update: People v. Rinehart


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