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Court orders state to stop selling dredge mining permits

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The state Department of Fish and Game has suspended sales of all suction dredging permits, following an Alameda County Superior Court order that was reaffirmed Tuesday. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch previously had granted a preliminary injunction, creating a moratorium on the issuance of suction dredge mining permits in California. The moratorium will be in effect until a claim filed by taxpayers asserting that Californians' tax dollars are being used to illegally subsidize suction dredge mining is resolved.

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