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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Congress deals with other priorities
• Alaska miners get relief on state lands

It's Time to Get the Heck Out of China


We are at a crossroads; either we establish the mining, production and refining of rare earth elements here in the US or we remain subjected to the whims of the Chinese government.

Miners Fight Back When BLM Says 'Your Claim Is Too Long'


BLM stated we had 30 days to amend our claim so that it fit within one 40-acre square or we would forfeit the claim.

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PLP Update


I want to stress that this is just the first step to fixing many of the regulatory issues we identified in discussions with the current administration. There will be plenty more to come.

Judge Backs Minnesota's Twin Metals Mine in Lease Dispute


Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • NEPA comments due
  • Update on latest US Supreme Court suction gold dredging appeal
  • Washington State tries to restrict suction gold dredging
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PLP Update


We’ve heard from miners in Arizona about federal agencies closing off historic roads that provide access for miners, and we need your input.

Trump Proposes $1.5 Billion to Fund US Uranium Production


US uranium mines produced less than 174,000 pounds in 2019, according to the February Energy Information Administration report. That’s down from 4.9 million pounds in 2014.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • Comments needed regarding proposed NEPA improvements
  • Efforts underway to fix the ESA
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Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • PLF files petition with US Supreme Court on behalf of Oregon miners
  • Land and Water Conservation Fund abuse by Forest Service
  • Army asks for REE proposals

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • New Deputy Secretary of Interior
  • Case against dredger allowed to proceed

PLP Update: Another Suction Dredge Case Heading to the US Supreme Court


In the meantime, we will continue our multi-pronged approach to seek regulatory relief at the federal level while supporting those court cases that are built on a strong legal foundation.

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More Fiddling While Forests Burn


Logging on federal land plummeted—over 84% since the 1980s. And that management tool was replaced with—nothing.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • Oregon miners to petition for US Supreme Court review
  • Two executive orders to reign in federal agencies
  • Petition for Joshua tree as a threatened species

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • WOTUS rule finalized
  • Reminder on new claim fees
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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.

MSHA Moves Ahead on Silica RFI But Leaves All Options Open


For now, MSHA is just collecting information. However, the information it collects will shape what comes next.

Traders At JPMorgan Chase Indicted For Rigging Metal Prices


…the men sought to “inject false and misleading information about the genuine supply and demand for precious metals futures contracts into the markets, and to deceive other participants”…

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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• ESA changes for the better

Disturbing Trend: Federal Judges Disregard Mining Laws


Recently, a left-leaning Arizona federal judge, James Soto, who is an Obama appointee, shut down a proposed copper mining project for the flimsiest of reasons. He basically disregarded and rewrote federal mining law.

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