Federal Strategy to Ensure Secure and Reliable Supplies of Critical Minerals

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June 17, 2019 Hello Friends,

The much-anticipated “Federal Strategy to Ensure Secure and Reliable Supplies of Critical Minerals” has now been released by an interagency report. This strategy was set in motion by President Trump’s Executive Order 13817, “A Federal Strategy to Ensure Secure and Reliable Supplies of Critical Minerals,” on December 20, 2017. The Executive Order directs the Secretary of Commerce, in coordination with heads of selected executive branch agencies and offices, to submit a report to the President that includes key points to help the ailing U.S. mining industry and the U.S. minerals supply chain.

This report focuses on 6 call to action items, 24 goals, and 61 recommendations that describe specific steps that the federal government will take to achieve the objectives outlined in Executive Order 13817. Call to action number 5 is of the most importance to PLP and our members because this section will benefit the average miner and public lands user who embraces multiple-use access principles upon our public lands.  PLP’s Clark Pearson and the ICMJ's Prospecting & Mining Journal’s Scott Harn delivered many educational materials (and complaints) in multiple meetings with federal agency department heads over the course of two years covering many of the points now called for in this new Federal Strategy report.

We wish to thank our membership and our financial sponsors that allowed us to make these important trips to DC so that the decision makers could better understand our specific needs in the over-arching quest for regulatory relief.

The following sub parts of call to action number 5 we wish to highlight and are as follows:

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John Callahan has passed

 

John Joseph Callahan, lovingly known as “JC”, aka “Grandpa John”, aka “The Ol’ Bushwhacker”; sadly departed this earth, long before his time, on April 29, 2019 at the age of 63.  He passed peacefully with his loving wife, family, and caring friends by his side. 

Joe Heithe has passed

Nov 13, 1929 - Mar 24, 2019 Joseph H Heithe Sr passed away Sunday March 24th 2019 in his home in Riverside, CA. Joe was born Nov 13, 1929, worked for Pasadena School District for more than 40 years and retired as the Head of Maintenance at 71 while living in Arcadia CA. He was involved with Holy Angels Church and volunteered many hours. He was a long time member and avid racer of the Sidehack Association of Southern California racing club with his 2 eldest sons Don and Pat. Archery was an activity he enjoyed with family and was a lifetime member of Pasadena Roving Archers. After moving to Riverside, he became involved with mining for gold. He is survived by his wife of almost 62 years, JoAnn, his sister Lita Terrell, his children Don (Charlotte), Mike, Jaime (Brad), and Joe Jr (Lisa) along with 14 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He will be interred at Riverside National Cemetery on April 15th at 11:30. A memorial will be held later this year. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Published in Pasadena Star-News on Apr. 12, 2019

The Bohmker Case

2/12/2019

The Bohmker Case: Your Assistance is Needed

The PLP board of directors is asking your help in order to have the United States Supreme Court hear Bohmker (et al) vs Oregon.

Bohmker vs Oregon is spearheaded by the Waldo Mining District and the Galice Mining District and seeks to challenge Oregon’s prohibition on all motorized placer mining in streams designated as essential salmon habitat. On September 12, 2018 the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the miners. As a result of that ruling, the miners filed a petition for review in the United States Supreme Court on January 21, 2019.

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