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Records show dozens of Calif. lawmakers fail to report freebies from lobbyists
Tuesday, 02 February 2010

Could the following article explain why SB 670 was passed without proper evaluation of existing Federal Laws and peer accepted Science.?


Records show dozens of Calif. lawmakers fail to report freebies from lobbyists


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California lawmaker and his wife were treated by the insurance industry to a two-night stay, with spa treatments, at an exclusive Pebble Beach resort.


Another received free passes to Sea World San Diego, along with Disneyland tickets. Yet another got a coveted ticket to the 2008 Holiday Bowl college football game


In each case, the lawmaker not only accepted the perks and freebies but also apparently failed to report them as required by state law, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press under the California Public Records Act.


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Amador joins push to restore suction-dredge gold mining
Monday, 01 February 2010


Amador County supervisors had words of encouragement on Tuesday for aficionados of the gold-mining practice known as suction dredging.

Suction-dredge mining, long regulated under seasonal and geographic criteria only, has been under a legislated moratorium since August, pending environmental review. The move came over concerns about the state's permitting process, particularly regarding the harm suction dredging may do to fish-spawning grounds. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger came under pressure from mining interests to veto Senate Bill 670 that installed the moratorium. The Department of Fish and Game expects the review will be finished by late summer 2011, but opponents of the legislation are still mounting pressure to suspend it. Economic arguments on behalf of subsistence miners, mining-tourism operations and manufacturers of mining equipment have figured largely into the push.


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Placer Mining on Oregon Scenic Waterways
Wednesday, 27 January 2010

This response letter was written by Tom Kitchar of Waldo Mining Districk, to the Attorney Generals Office for the state of Oregon. He explains in detail the US Mining Law and how it applies in situations where State laws try to prohibit Mining on Federal Lands.

This letter is a great example of how State lawmakers are misunderstanding and misinterpreting US Mining Law. In this letter Tom sets the record strait of how the Mining law need to be understood.

This letter was taken from the Public Lands for the People website.

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Thursday, 21 January 2010




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No impact on the water quality in Sac River Dredging
Thursday, 31 December 2009

Dispite California law SB 670, which bans all Suction Dredging on all CA Rivers and Streams, dredging is going on in the Sacramento River just above Redding Ca. The EPA is stating this very large dredge is not producing negative water quality in one of the most heavily mined areas in the North State.


So Why was Suction Dredging Banned for only Small Scale Gold Mining. Dredging is Dredging is it not? Sounds like a double standard going on in CA.


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Truths about Dredging and effects on Fish Habitat
Thursday, 31 December 2009

My name is Claudia Wise; I retired in 2006 after 32 years of civil service with the U.S. EPA as a physical scientist/chemist. I have been a member of many scientific projects over the years starting my federal career in the Fish Toxicology arena and ending it with the Salmon Restoration division. I have worked on projects ranging from urban fish populations and fish avoidance testing to eelgrass habitat and global climate change. I have been and remain to be a strong proponent of protecting the environment.

On October 11, 2007 in regards to AB 1032 I wrote to you regarding another attempt by the legislature to get around a court order and unnecessarily put a large group of miners and businesses out of work with no scientific evidence to support their claims.


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Research Biologist Letter to CA Gov concerning SB 670
Thursday, 31 December 2009

The Honorable Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: 916-558-3160

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger

PLEASE VOTE NO ON BILL 670 (anti-suction dredging legislation)

I am a research biologist. I live in Philomath, Oregon. I worked for about 32 years as a research biologist for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, starting when that agency was known as the Federal Water Quality Agency, and I retired from the E.P.A. in 2002. Among other assignments, I measured and evaluated water soluble toxicants from Superfund sites. I spent about four years during my career with the E.P.A. serving as a faculty member at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon on an intergovernmental exchange program and developed a program and a laboratory for the practice of ecotoxicology, the science of determining the toxicity of samples of effluents and other environmental contaminants by measuring the reaction of living organism assemblages to such samples. I have served as a chairman of testing committees for the American Society for Testing and Materials. I have chaired a number of international symposia, workshops, and congresses in my field as well as been an invited speaker to numerous national and international professional scientific meetings in my field.


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LawMakers Unfairly Single Out Gold Dredging
Thursday, 31 December 2009

Given that SB 670 focus on determining “possible” environmental impacts beyond de minimis or negligible impacts of small scale suction dredging in California waterways.

Because the state of California licenses sports & commercial fishing state wide, as well as through various agencies licenses water diversion, impoundment, use for hydroelectric power production, agricultural irrigation, industrial use, & municipal use (including sewage treatment), etc.


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Ignorance of the Law excuses no one
Thursday, 31 December 2009

Especially, California lawmakers

The California Legislature in passing SB 670. A law which illegally prohibits all gold mining by small scale suction dredging state wide for an indefinite period of time. Displays a perfect example of disregard for the Rule of Law by the California state legislature.

It is at best sad, if not horrific private citizens have to remind elected officials the U.S. Constitution mandates that “no private property shall be taken for public use without just compensation. Likewise, the Constitution of California mandates the state is an inseparable part of the United States of America, and the United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land.

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Redding Record Searchlight Permit refund
Thursday, 31 December 2009

The price of gold is down a bit as the year ends but still near $1,100 an ounce. With those stakes, the suction-dredge operators who used to ply their potentially lucrative hobby on many California rivers would far prefer the right to mine over a $47.50 refund of their permit fees.

But the consolation prize, offered under a bill recently drafted by state Sen. Sam Aanestad, is probably the best deal they can get after the Legislature slapped a moratorium on the practice this summer.

That law stopped dredge mining while the Department of Fish and Game reviews whether its regulations do enough to protect declining salmon fisheries. In the process, it also left more than 3,000 miners holding permits that were suddenly worth less than a bucket of dry gravel.

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Miner Explains Why SB 670 is Unfair
Thursday, 24 December 2009

Let me say up front that I am absolutely appalled over the ban on dredging. I do not dredge, and have just started prospecting this year. However, I think the ban is completely unnecessary & the reasoning for it unfounded. I do see the budget-issues being the primer for the action (i.e. Hillman). And it seems that the Indian tribes & environmentalists have taken advantage of that action to further their own causes. I don't know what's motivating them. But it sure does sound like it is something other than saving the environment.




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