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New Proposals Could Impact Miners

Rogue RiverROGUE RIVER, Ore. — New rules are being proposed to deal with mercury levels in the Rogue River, but gold miners are not happy about it.

At a hearing Monday night, miners said they are being blamed for a problem that is not their fault. They say the suction dredges they use also help to filter out the mercury.

Officials said the mercury found in fish in the Rogue River is 10 times higher than state standards. They said this could lead to stricter and more expensive permits for miners.

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