Amador joins push to restore suction-dredge gold mining PDF Print E-mail
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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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