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How do you fight the EPA when it uses blatant lies to take away what you have fought for all of your life?
Court isn’t working; every time you win something they sue for something else and if they lose there they go to Congress and try and succeed in passing laws with unsubstantiated information. We, the mining community, have fought tooth and nail with the environmentalists on our rights to mine the rivers for the past three years. We won the first battle and Fish and Game made up new rules and was going to let us start dredging again but the eco nuts sued again to stop us.
They also got California to put another moratorium on dredging while they circumvented the system to have Combie Reservoir and the Bear River dredged for the mercury with gold. Just a side recovery — yeah, right. They also stated that they are planning on dredging all the rivers that have mercury in them. Talk about screwing the miner, they figured they would just get rid of us so that they can reap our heritage.
They have not proven that we have caused harm to the environment. Everything except noise was less than significant and they never did any decibel reading to make the noise significant. They just felt it was. They also found that we dug up archeological or cultural artifacts from the bottom of the river and that it was significant. Give me a break. We have become targets for extinction and they are succeeding with lies and money to put us out to roost.