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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.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


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

Legislative and Regulatory Update


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

Legislative and Regulatory Update


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

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
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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!

Judge Denies Request To Delay Michigan Mine


Manderfield’s ruling opens the way for Kennecott Eagle to begin blasting. The company has declined to say when it will start. A spokeswoman said drilling would begin “in the coming weeks".

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Salazar pushes wilderness
• California Governor signs AB 120
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California Destroys Another Prospecting Business


His small business managed to pump millions of dollars over the years into the California economy.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• California suction dredging
• House shows support for public land use

Jury: Gov't Rightfully Seized 1933 Gold Coins


The verdict capped an unusual civil case that combined history, coin collecting and whether the $20 “double eagles” ever legally left the US Mint.
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Can't We Just Do Something?


We know we lack critical minerals. We know the causes. We know the need. We have the knowledge we need right now. Why can’t we just take action and fix the problem?

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Battle continues in the "Golden State"
• California Water Board needs your comments

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