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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.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • Budd-Falen in line to become next director at BLM
  • Ten national monuments slated for changes or reductions
  • California adds another fee
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Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • PLF sues over critical habitat
  • Attorney General ends EPA slush fund

Miners Win in Montana Water Court


I hope this case inspires some of you. It shows that miners can and do succeed when they are persistent and well-prepared, even when representing themselves against state and federal attorneys in a court of law.

EPA Chief to Reconsider Paying Claims Over Mine Waste Spill


“We feel that we can clean up an area that has been abandoned after 100 years of mining,” Lyon said.

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Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • Reminder: Annual claim fees due September 1, 2017
  • Update on California suction gold dredging

US Rare Earths: We Have & We Have Not


America’s premier source of strategic REEs were regulated out of business and 300 employees lost their jobs. For almost fifteen years America has been dependent on the communist Chinese cartel.

EPA Reopens Comments on Pebble Project


The settlement did not grant an immediate approval for the project, but it did begin to clear the way for the company to apply for federal permits—a path the Obama administration previously had thwarted.

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Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • Property rights advocate in running for top BLM spot
  • “Draining the swamp” at Interior

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • Welcome changes in Washington, DC
  • Giving power back to the people

MMAC Update


In May 2017, the district participated in a meeting with representatives from several state and federal agencies where they educated agency officials about the authority of Mining Districts, Mining Law and miner’s rights.

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Legislative and Regulatory Update


Oregon Senate passes Senate Bill 3

MMAC Update


We spent our evening at some informal get-togethers at two private residences in the DC area, which provided the opportunity to talk with staff members from Congress, other agencies, and a few consultants working on public land issues. We found common ground with many of them, and found a strong ally in a former Congressman turned consultant who agreed that Mining Districts provide the smartest legal route...

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