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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Haaland confirmed as head of Department of Interior
• Proposed bills aim to lock up millions of acres of public lands
• Recall election could have implications for dredgers in California

Administration Offers Up Conflicting Goals and Executive Orders


To reach this goal, our federal government would need to designate another 45.7 million acres as protected lands every year.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Additional access restrictions proposed in Arizona
• Oregon senators introduce bill to place state rivers and streams off-limits

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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Resolution Copper project moves closer to fruition in Arizona

Minnesota Lawmakers Move to Stop New Mines


Companion bills set to be proposed by state lawmakers and US Rep. Betty McCollum seek to block copper mining on federal lands…

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Biden’s incoming administration has green agenda
• Habitat definition finalized

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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Nevada miners get reprieve
• Georgia Senate race may set the stage for mining regulations
• New Executive Order on critical minerals
• Interior Department makes adjustments to LWCF

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• Pendley nomination withdrawn but will remain BLM director for now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

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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

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

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Seeking The Truth—A Letter From the Editor


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.

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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


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