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Thursday, 10 May 2012

California Sifts Gold Claims



California is proposing to lift a ban on a once-common method of dredging gold from riverbeds, raising objections from some state regulators and prompting lawsuits against the state by anti-mining and pro-mining groups.

At issue is "suction-dredge mining," which uses equipment to vacuum up gravel and sift out gold. State lawmakers imposed a temporary ban on the method in 2009 to protect fish and water quality. In March, the California Department of Fish and Game proposed lifting the ban while imposing new regulations.


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