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Fish and Wildlife Submit Change to Suction Mining Regulations

Regulations on Suction Dredge Mining have been in place in California since April of 2012.
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Department of Fish and Wildlife Director of Communication, Education, and Outreach, Jordan Traverso says the regulations were put in place to help protect the natural environment within streams and rivers within California.*
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Suction dredge mining was defined as the operation of a suction dredge, a sluice box, and a power source simultaneously. However, miners were quick to find a loophole in the regulations that would potentially allow them to continue with suction dredge mining.
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suctiondredgeThe DFW originally denied a petition to revise the regulation submitted by an environmental group because no evidence was provided. The group then collected pictures and other information that showed miners using suction dredge systems in Northern California., which prompted the DFW to submit emergency changes to the regulations.
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The public has a chance to provide input and feedback through the Office of Administrative Law website,  oal.ca.gov. Traverso says it will be at least a month before the changes would go into effect if approved.

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