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PLP Update


…I’ll be heading back to Washington, DC, on June 4 with Clark Pearson of PLP for nearly a week of meetings with the Mine Safety and Health Administration, US Forest Service, Environmental Protection Agency, and numerous members of Congress in both the House and Senate.

Captain Obvious Strikes Again


The paper’s crack reporters filed requests under the Freedom of Information Act, demanding public release of “secret” emails explaining why the Interior Department recommended, and President Trump approved, shrinking Bears’ Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments.

California to Allow Suction Dredging in 2019?


There are a few questions you will need to ask yourself before you apply for a suction dredge permit from the State Water Resources Control Board.

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Feds Sue California over Sales of Public Lands


They cited concerns that the Trump administration would allow more logging, oil drilling, mining or development on some of the 46 million acres controlled by the federal government in California.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • DOI to address threatened species
  • 141 Confirmations still pending
  • California withdrawals canceled

PLP and MMAC Update


We have an opportunity to make significant and substantial changes to provide relief for small miners with the Trump Administration and the current makeup of Congress. We realize the time to act is now, but we need your help.

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Because I Said So


Like all federal judges, he swore an oath to perform his duties “impartially… under the Constitution and laws of the U.S.” Nothing in those documents gives Judge Morris authority to order the BLM to work with non-government organizations (the same ones that filed the lawsuit in question) to alter America’s use of energy.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • Proposed budget for EPA
  • California SB 1222
  • 640 million acres and counting
  • Gold and silver bullion

We’re Still Thinking About It


We have learned over the years, of course, that “previous development,” “roadless,” and “local support,” are in the mind of the beholder.

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Trip to “The Swamp” on Behalf of Small Miners


Besides the EPA issue, our major priority is to work on the proposed amendment to the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act (S 145), a bill proposed in the Senate by US Senator Dean Heller (R-Nevada).

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Change is coming at Interior
• Interior Department seeking public comment regarding minerals

PLP To Address Needs Of Small Miners With Proposed Amendment


The Senator’s office was very receptive to the small miner’s plight and was unaware of the dire problems created by the over-regulation of small-scale mining from so many different fronts. It was pointed out that S 145 may help the large mining companies a little, but falls woefully short in addressing the needs of small operators who make up 85% of domestic mines.

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PLP and MMAC Update


Minerals and Mining Advisory Council (MMAC) founder Joe Martori met with Jim Scrivner, the Bureau of Land Management Deputy State Director of Energy and Minerals in Sacramento, California...

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Critical minerals a priority
• Montana miners win again
• MSHA backs down
• Environmental groups as foreign agents

PLP and MMAC Update


The current administration is receptive; we believe the time is ripe to push for a return to reasonable regulations and to restore mining to a priority for public lands as long as some new crisis doesn’t take precedent.

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Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • EPA declines to impose additional regulations and financial requirements on hardrock miners
  • “Baffling” ruling in suction gold dredging court case

PLP and MMAC Update


Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • Bill to limit Antiquities Act
  • PLF seeks relief from Endangered Species Act abuses
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Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • EPA ends "sue and settle"
  • Sage grouse mineral withdrawal cancelled

BLM Cancels 10-Million-Acre Sage Grouse Mineral Withdrawal


The very way it was done at the time didn’t give one much confidence in the objectivity and honesty of the BLM study.

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