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• 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.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


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

Legislative and Regulatory Update


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

US Policies Holding Back Arizona


Washington’s decision to bar new uranium mining near the Grand Canyon and other federal policies on energy and resource issues are barriers holding back Arizona and its residents from prosperity, Governor Jan Brewer told a congressional hearing March 16.

Judge Gives OK to Nevada Mining Tax Initiative


A proposed constitutional amendment to raise the cap on mining taxes can proceed as written, a state judge ruled March 14.
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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• California suction dredging regulations
• Draft Coho recovery plan for Southern Oregon, Northern California
• Sage-grouse

Revised Dredge Regulations Published for California—Pure Garbage


We can’t say it wasn’t expected. The California Department of Fish & Game released revised suction gold dredging regulations on February 17, 2012, and it’s obvious the agency wants to make life as difficult as possible for dredgers.

Judge Tosses Lawsuit Against Tucson-Area Mine


A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit filed by opponents of a Tucson-area mine that had accused the US Forest Service of violating two federal laws in its handling of the mine issue.
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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Our Federal Landlord
• One down, two to go
• Challenging timing windows in Washington State
• More roadblocks to mining

Feds Order Closure of Idaho Mine


Federal safety inspectors have ordered one of the nation’s deepest underground mines closed in northern Idaho following an investigation prompted by a series of accidents that killed two miners over the last year.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• IBLA rules against miner for "late" filing
• Wyoming appeals roadless decision
• Mercury reduction program slated for California
• Oregon wilderness
• Oregon miner prevails in lawsuit against Forest Service and District Ranger
• Canada pulls out of Kyoto Climate Treaty
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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Refunds coming to Nevada claimholders
• More wilderness proposed
• Forest Service planning rule

Legislative And Regulatory Update


• Republican bill would reopen Grand Canyon withdrawal
• Obama recommends additional fees and taxes on miners

Minnesota Delays Decision on Mineral Leases


Landowners complained that mineral mining on or near their property could damage property values while leaving them without a cut of potential profits.
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Legislative And Regulatory Update


• Good news on EPA regs
• California rewards key appointment to dredging foe
• Republicans seek to block creation of National Monuments
• Zimbabwe threatens seizure of mining rights

Oregon Dredge Permit Litigation Update


In other words, just like those that move next to an airport and then complain about the noise, Mr. Riskedahl deliberately went out of his way to “witness and document the effects of suction dredge mining,” and when he found some, he was annoyed by it!

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