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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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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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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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SMGB and DOC Begin Making Regulatory Changes Required by SMARA Reforms

The Legislature recently passed the most significant reforms to SMARA in more than 20 years, as we detailed in a prior post here.  These reform measures touch every key process in SMARA, including the reclamation plan review and approval process, th… 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

Mining Law Reform Legislation Moves Closer to the Governor's Desk

Two companion bills that together would enact the most significant reforms in more than twenty years to California’s mining law, the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (“SMARA”), are headed to the Senate and Assembly floors for a final vote.  … Read More
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Categories: Articles, Mining, SMARA

2015 California Mining Legislation

The 2015-2016 legislative session is settling in now that the February 27 deadline to introduce new legislation has passed.  Three bills propose amendments to the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (“SMARA”). 1.         SB 209.  The fir… Read More
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SB 1270: A Major Shift in California Mine Regulation

Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) recently introduced Senate Bill 1270, legislation intended to overhaul the way surface mining is regulated in California. The current version of SB 1270 can be found here. SB 1270 proposes to alter SMARA in three… Read More
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Mining Update: Legislature Proposes Protecting Mining Operations from Nuisance Impediments

The California Legislature is considering an amendment to Assembly Bill 1161 to insulate surface mining operations against nuisance liability. The amendment would prevent any “mining activity, operation, or facility, or appurtenance thereof,… Read More
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