OK, that's DEQ sorting through SB3. Every 700 PM holder got a certified letter on the hearings. Everyone should submit comments on keeping the fees down, agreed they are outragous as lined out in SB3.
Make no mistake, everyone in every agency in the state wants us out of the water. And even though SB3 set the max at $250 application, and $250 a year for the permit, DEQ is going to use those figures, no matter what.
The very dim light at the end of the nozzle is they might come down somewhat if enough pressure is put on them, but we won't get any help from the legislature, Dems have almost a super majority in both houses, and a governor that is beyond green.
With this, I am now out of the dredging game, just can't justify that kind of money for the return on the time I have available to go mining.
State Police are going to be the enforcement arm, and from the rumors I hear they aren't interested, they have bigger issues to deal with in the big picture, and most county sheriff's aren't that much interested either. There will be a huge number of dredges still running, just like the past few years since SB838. I know there were way more that 150 odd in operation in 2016.