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National Forest Closures in California


I found I could not go prospecting in areas where I did not have a mining claim and the Forest Service thought my mere presence was a danger to the forest.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Pendley nomination withdrawn but will remain BLM director for now
• Comments needed for Midas Gold project in Idaho

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Nevada proposal to cap tax deductions for mining businesses stalls
• NEPA gets a much needed update
• Army Corps to release review of Pebble Mine

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Reminder: Annual Claim Filings Due


Mining claimants who wish to retain their mining claims on Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service lands through the 2021 assessment year must pay a maintenance fee or file a maintenance fee waiver certificate on or before September 1…

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• US Supreme Court declines to hear dredging controversy
• Why Senate Bill S3422 is bad for America
• Comment deadline extended for new California dredging regulations

Seeking The Truth—A Letter From the Editor


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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• New California suction gold dredging regulations released—and they are just as bad as we predicted
• Dredgers file US Supreme Court response in Oregon case
• Washington State pushes same suction gold dredging narrative
• Pentagon reverses decision on rare earth projects

PLP Update: The Path for Legally Re-Starting Suction Gold Dredge Mining in 2021


Present conflicts and realizations having to do with dependence on China have illuminated the fact that suction dredge miners have a vital role to play and are an ignored and untapped domestic resource—until now.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


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

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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.

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.

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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

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.

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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

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
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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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