Suction Dredge Mining Cases

ELR Citation: 45 ELR 20017
No(s). DS4720 (Cal. Super. Ct. Jan 12, 2015)

A California court held that federal mining law preempts a state law that effectively bans the use of any vacuum or suction dredge mining in streams and rivers on federal lands. Under Cal. Fish & Game Code Ā§5653, the use of any vacuum or suction dredge equipment by any person in any river strea...