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Congressman Paul Gosar Roundtable event held on August 23rd

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Taseko Announces Permitting Success and Board Approval for Construction of Florence Copper Test Facility

September 25, 2017, Vancouver, BC – Taseko Mines Limited (TSX: TKO; NYSE American: TGB) (“Taseko” or the “Company”) announces that the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued an order denying any further review of the Underground Injection Control (UIC) Permit granted in 2016 for Taseko’s Florence Copper Project. In the September 22, 2017 decision, the EAB found that the petitioners failed to demonstrate any errors were made in issuing the federal permit. Continue reading

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Watch video of 9/9/17 Mining Alliance Meeting

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Recommendations for BLM Streamlining Planning & NEPA

A. Focused Analysis: How can the BLM reduce duplicative and disproportionate analyses?
1. Solution #1 – Develop Guidance that Broadly Interprets Plan Conformance to Reduce the Need for Plan Amendments
Provide for a broader interpretation of “plan conformance” to reduce the need for plan amendments. Pursuant to current regulation (43 C.F.R. § 1601.0-5(b)), plan conformance means that an action is either “specifically provided for in the plan” or “if not specifically mentioned, [] clearly consistent with the terms, conditions and decisions of the approved plan or plan amendment.” The term “clearly consistent” with respect to “terms, conditions and decisions of an approved plan or plan amendment” could be broadly interpreted (via written policy) to reduce the need for plan amendments.
2. Solution #2 –Provide Enhanced Staff Training
BLM must provide its staff specific training to strictly follow the current planning regulations and manage third party contractors assisting the agency with their analysis. Analysis should focus on the truly significant impacts and minimize discussion and consideration of nominal effects for the sake of coverage of every conceivable impact. Read more…

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Docket No. DOI–2017–0002, Review of Certain National Monuments Established

Re: Docket No. DOI–2017–0002, Review of Certain National Monuments Established Since 1996

Dear Secretary Zinke:

The Arizona Mining Association (AMA), Arizona Rock Products Association (ARPA), AMIGOS, and the Southern Arizona Business Coalition are jointly submitting comments for the four national monuments located in the state of Arizona that meet the criteria for review as established in Executive Order 13792 issued on April 26, 2017. These are the Sonoran Desert, Vermillion Cliffs, Ironwood Forest and Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monuments. Read more . . . Continue reading

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June Mining Alliance Meeting

If you missed the June Mining Alliance Meeting, watch this video to keep in touch. We offered congratulations to Hudbay on receipt of their Record of Decision from the Forest Service and held a discussion on the National Monument issues  Jim Briscoe, Nancy Johannesmeyer and  Mike Conway from the Arizona State Geologist office.
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Congratulations to Hudbay on the Final Record of Decision!

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May Mining Alliance Meeting Honored Mary Poulton, PhD

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