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Selenium, Mercury and Suction Dredging—Studies Contradict CA State Water Resources Board


Federal and state regulatory agencies often cite mercury and methyl mercury in our waterways as a major factor for further restrictions on placer mining, and on suction gold dredge mining, in particular. However, these regulatory agencies are minimizing selenium and its neutralizing effects.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Oregon's attack on suction gold dredging
• New DOI Director nominated
• More Forest Service restrictions in the works
• California suction gold dredging

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• "Not a pollutant"
• Thank you Senator Sessions
• California suction dredging
• EPA uses secret email accounts
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Feds Challenge North Idaho Mining Claims


Fishing, camping and the protection of American Indian artifacts along a 30-mile section of the North Fork of the Clearwater River outweigh the desire of placer miners to search for gold, an attorney representing the US Forest Service said.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• US Supreme Court may consider requirements for Notitce of Intent
• Oregon considering mining restrictions
• Latest developments in California suction dredging moratorium
• Spotted owl habitat

Small Miner Beats Forest Service in Court


Thomas Tierney has been a long-time subscriber to ICMJ’s Prospecting and Mining Journal and has read about the many battles between miners and overzealous regulators. Then he faced his own battle.
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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Increase in claim fees
• Impact of recent elections
• Current suction gold dredging status in California
• Parks in Southern California

Lawsuit Update From the New 49'ers


Many of you are aware that we have been engaged in litigation with anti-mining activists that have been attacking us through the Karuk Tribe of California since 2003. It all started with their lawsuit against the US Forest Service (USFS), challenging that District Rangers do not have the authority to allow small-scale mining activities under a Notice of Intent (NOI) when the Ranger concludes that the mining activity is not likely to create a substantial surface disturbance.

Constitutional Sheriffs Standing Up for Our Rights


Modoc County, California, is the latest county to use emergency powers to declare a state of emergency in order to take control of roads and trails away from federal agencies.
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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• BLM to raise fees again
• Roadless Rule stands
• Suit filed over dredging restrictions in Washington State
• NWMA lends support
• California suction gold dredging lawsuits progressing

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• It's almost November
• Two federal land managers found guilty of contempt
• A chance to halt additional wilderness in Southern California
• Oregon mineral withdrawal
• A really good reason to get out and vote in Oregon

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Hike in mining claim fees
• Hearing on suction gold dredging in California
• Interior wants mining reform
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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act
• CA suction dredging update
• Appropriations Bill addresses problems at EPA
• Bad science, worse policy

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Forest Service proposes next step in Agenda 21
• 9th Circuit deals blow to small miners

California Suction Dredging Update


Another California Assembly member, Jared Huffman, is attempting to ban dredging in the state on a more permanent basis.
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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Partial win for miners
• California suction dredging
• Feds continue to push for more public lands
• Idaho suction dredging

Colorado Mining Association Appeals Roadless Ruling


The Colorado Mining Association is asking the US Supreme Court to review a 2001 rule that largely barred new roads on 58 million acres of roadless areas in national forests.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• NEDC Surrenders in Oregon
• The California saga continues
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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• CA Fish & Game Final SEIR
• Positive news from California?
• Still no results in Wisconsin
• Give us back our lands

Today's MSHA


We all know that it was never Congress’ intent to regulate gold panners and other individual mine operators through MSHA. In fact, I believe the concept of owner-operated mines with no employees was so strange a concept to the lawmakers that they never even thought there would be a need for such an exemption.

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