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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service Propose Revisions to Endangered Species Act Regulations

 July 2018 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“Service”) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (together “Agencies”) have jointly proposed revisions to regulations that implement p… Read More
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SMARA Legislation: SB 854

Public Resources Code §§ 2774, 2774.2.5 June 2018 On June 27, 2018, Governor Brown approved changes to the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (Pub. Resources Code § 2710, et seq [“SMARA”]) relating to how certain mine-related information is su… Read More
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ARB Holding Workshops on AB 617 Stationary Source Emissions Reporting Regulations

May 2018 California Assembly Bill 617, adopted by the state Legislature in 2017, requires stationary air sources to track and report emissions of criteria and toxic pollutants on an annual basis.  The California Air Resources Board is beginning the… Read More
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Mine Safety and Health Administration Publishes Final Rule on Workplace Examinations

30 CFR § 56/57.18002 April 2018 On April 9, 2018, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) published its final Workplace Examination rule (the “Final Rule”).  The Final Rule is the culmination of MSHA’s nearly two-year effort to revis… Read More
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Court Holds That Stipulated Compliance Orders Do Not Require CEQA Review

Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation v. County of San Diego (2017) Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 6988 In an unpublished decision of interest to quarry operators, California’s Fourth Appellate District held that San Diego County did not need to perfor… Read More
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Please Note Our New Address

Harrison, Temblador, Hungerford & Johnson LLP has a new address: 2801 T Street Sacramento, CA 95816 All firm phone numbers and email addresses remain the same. Please call (916) 382-4377 or email info@hthjlaw.com with any questions. Read More
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Sixth Circuit Draws Tighter Boundary Around MSHA Jurisdiction

The federal courts rarely full stop the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s pursuit of jurisdictional manifest destiny, but the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals had no qualms about doing so recently in Maxxim Rebuild Co., LLC v. Fed. Mine Safety… Read More
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Jury Awards $100M Damages to Vested Mine Operators

Joe and Yvette Hardesty and the Jay Schneider family were awarded more than $100 million in damages against Sacramento County in federal court on Tuesday, March 21.  The litigation was one in a long line of lawsuits and administrative actions concer… Read More
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California Supreme Court Upholds Moratorium on Suction Dredging

In People v. Rinehart, the California Supreme Court recently upheld a moratorium on the use of suction dredge methods to extract gold from federal mining claims. Since 1961, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has issued permits for suctio… Read More
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SMARA Reforms Signed into Law

SMARA REFORMS SIGNED INTO LAW Governor Brown just signed into law the most significant reforms to SMARA in more than 20 years. Join mining attorney Brad Johnson and lead agencies, consultants, and mine operators for a half-day seminar on the New SMAR… Read More
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Categories: Mining, SMARA