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June 30 2011 Press Release
SENATOR GAINES THANKS GOVERNOR BROWN,
CHEERS GOLD MINING VICTORY
SACRAMENTO – Senator Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) today
recognized a victory for California's gold miners in
Governor Brown's budget.
"I want to thank Governor Brown for upholding the law and
protecting the rights of thousands of California miners,"
said Gaines. "His decision is fair and supports the spirited
and entrepreneurial group who still chase California's
Governor Brown eliminated budget language that would have
stripped funding from the California Department of Fish and
Game (DFG), making it impossible for the Department to
complete a court-mandated study on the effects of "suction
dredge" mining. Without the study, suction dredge mining
would have effectively been banned in the state.
"The Governor saw through the budget trick that was going to
kill off this industry and didn't stand for it," said
There is currently a moratorium on suction dredge mining in
California. With the funding now in place, DFG can complete
the required study and potentially implement new regulations
that will end the moratorium, protect the environment and
get the miners back in the water.
But gold mining isn't completely out of the woods yet.
Another potential roadblock the miners may face is Assembly
Bill 120, currently making its way to the Governor. This
bill would add unattainable new requirements to the DFG's
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process now
underway. If those requirements aren't met, it imposes a
five-year ban on suction dredge mining, regardless of the
funding mechanism that is now in place.
"This is a day to celebrate for the miners, but we want to
see this through to the end. We will be monitoring AB 120
very closely", said Gaines. "California and gold go
hand-in-hand and we must honor that rich history of our
Senator Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate District,
which includes all or parts of Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El
Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas,
Sacramento and Sierra counties.
Friday July 01, 2011 03:07 AM Pacific
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