Dredging Permit Update

Oregon Suction Dredging Permit Update

April 18th, 2010 Updated April 23rd, 2010 to include the Final Drafts from DEQ. See Below

From Tom Kitchar, in regards to the preliminary drafts of the 700 PM Permit for Oregon Suction Dredging:

Dear Friends,

Oregon DEQ is currently rewriting the 700-PM Suction Dredge Mining Permit for Oregon. They expect to release the Final Draft for public comment on April 22, 2010. There will be a 35 day comment period, three public meetings (Pendleton, Portland, and Medford), and they plan to have the new permit approved and adopted by the end of June, 2010.

Below please find attached (click to open) copies of the preliminary permit:

Note that a meeting was held at DEQ Portland on April 13, 2010, to discuss this proposed terrible permit. At that meeting, approx. 60 or so miners attended from all over Oregon (plus greenies, and other interested parties). Google "Oregon DEQ", and then look for instream mining permits, and somewhere you should find a link to a recording of that meeting, plus other info on the new permit.

At the meeting, DEQ was not prepared to answer any real questions. Oregon miners are getting screwed!!!!!!

Currently, we are trying to arrange a consultation meeting (as required by law) between miners and DEQ. This meeting will hopefully be held in Salem, OR, sometime after April 22. Space may be limited, so we are looking for representatives from mining orgs to attend this meeting. If you are interested, please contact me and let me know.

Tom Kitchar
Waldo Mining District