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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Idaho miners will challenge new EPA permit at rally
• California proposes to amend definition of a suction dredge
• Proposed rule redefines "navigable waters"

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Bill to address Forest Service Travel Management restrictions
• Suction gold dredging challenge finally under way
• EPA nullification bill fails in Idaho
• Another bad bill

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Idaho continues toward elimination of EPA suction dredging regulations
• EPA makes preemptive strike against Alaska mine
• Proposed Mines Act permit fees
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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Idaho challenges EPA regulations
• California suction gold dredging

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Not so happy birthday
• Even more support for the PLP

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Pacific Legal Foundation joins effort to overturn California dredging moratorium
• PLP fund drive continues
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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• BLM claim fees rise
• Critical minerals bill
• Sage-grouse habitat

It's the Bottom of the Ninth—And Not Just for California


If we lose, the radical environmentalists have a roadmap to replicate their success everywhere.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Comment deadlines approaching for frog listings and habitat
• EPA seeks more control
• Comments due in Washington
• California dredging moratorium
• PLF sues to delist polar bear
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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Judge refuses to grant preliminary injuction to end suction gold dredging moratorium in California
• Proposed listing of Yellow-legged frog and Yosemite Toad in northern California

EPA Tries to Intimidate Alaskan Miners


Alaska Governor Sean Parnell has ordered an investigation of the recent raids, saying he will not tolerate a state agency's participation in the sort of conduct displayed.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Comment period extended for frog habitat
• Tennessee permits for gold prospecting
• California dredging injunction and restraining order hearing
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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Oregon passes SB 838
• Meanwhile, in California

Fighting and Winning Without a Lawyer


This article may not be as interesting as someone describing a big nugget find in Australia...but right now the biggest obstacle to mining is our government.

Court Says Emergency Rule in California Unjustified


Superior Court Judge Karen L. Dixon granted the temporary restraining order on July 3, 2013.
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Annual Claim Fees Due September 3, 2013


Because September 1 falls on a Sunday this year; and Monday, September 2, is a holiday, the BLM will accept yearly filings through September 3.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Hearing date moved up for preliminary injunction for California suction dredging
• Anti-mining bills in Oregon lead to recall effort

Study Confirms Mercury Levels Safe in California's Gold Country


While the Water Board documented the selenium levels in fish and noted they exceed the levels of mercury, they have yet to acknowledge the numerous scientific studies that show selenium effectively neutralizes the effects of mercury.
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Record $11 Million Fine for California Mine


State regulators imposed a record $11 million fine on the operators of a gold mine in the Sierra foothills east of Sacramento.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Two million acres of proposed habitat
• Last chance for Nevada claim refunds
• California suction gold dredging update

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