Goldwasher's obligations


1. Gold panning must be limited to measures necessary as regards the right referred in section 23(1) of the Mining Act.

 

Necessary activities as defined in section 23 subsection 1 of the Mining Act:

1)  prospect for and survey gold deposited in the soil;

2) recover and exploit gold deposited in the soil by means of panning;

3) recover and exploit nuggets of platinum and gemstones and precious stones found in loose soil as by-products of panning.

 

2. The activities undertaken under the gold panning permit, and other use of the gold panning area, shall not cause any inconvenience or damage as described in section 11(2), nor inconvenience or damage as regards other demands for nearby areas, nor damage to any buildings of value in terms of cultural history, or courtyard areas thereof, in the area.

 

Adverse effects and damage defined in section 11 subsection 2 of the Mining Act:

1) harm to people’s health or a danger to public safety;

2) essential damage to other industrial and commercial activity;

3) significant changes in natural conditions;

4) essential damage to rare or valuable natural occurrences;

5) significant damage to the landscape.

 

3. The goldwasher shall keep the gold panning area in such a condition that it meets safety requirements on a continuous basis and does not cause any detrimental environmental impact.


4. The goldwasher is obliged to attend to prevention of the generation of soil and rock material waste, decreasing its harmfulness, alongside its reclamation or processing.


5. The goldwasher shall prepare a waste management plan for extractive waste, in compliance with the corresponding provisions for an ore prospecting area laid down in section 13 and thereunder. (No extraction waste management plan is required for claims granted prior to 1 July 2011. In these cases, an extraction waste management plan must be prepared only at the time of a possible application to extend the term.)

Section 13 of the Mining Act

 

The ore prospecting permit holder is obliged to attend to prevention of the generation of soil and rock material waste, decreasing its harmfulness, alongside its reclamation or processing.

The ore prospecting permit holder shall prepare a waste management plan for extractive waste covering the measures referred to in subsection 1, including information about the environment of the area, soil and rock material waste, waste areas, environmental impact, measures taken to prevent contamination of the environment, monitoring of activities, and measures pertaining to termination of activities. However, a waste management plan is not required if the permit holder is obliged to prepare one pursuant to the Environmental Protection Act.

 

Notification of work in the terrain in the gold panning area


A gold panner must give written advance notice to the authority or institution responsible for management of the area of all work on the terrain that could cause damage or inconvenience.


In addition, notice must be given
to the Sami Parliament in the Sami homeland area, to the appropriate local reindeer owners’ associations in a special reindeer herding area, and/or to a village meeting of the Skolt people in the Skolt area, as relevant.


Report on gold panning

The goldwasher is obliged to submit a report to the mining authority each year on the quantity of gold recovered and loose soil treated, and on construction in the gold panning area and other use of the area.


After-care measures of gold panning

Once a gold panning permit has expired or been cancelled, the goldwasher shall immediately restore the gold panning area to the condition required by public safety; remove any buildings, other structures, and equipment; see to restoration and cleaning of the area; and return the area to as close to its natural status as possible, and to satisfactory condition as regards the landscape.


The goldwasher must give written notice to the mining authority, and the authority or institution responsible for management of the area, once the aftercare measures have been completed.  The notice must be given within a year of the expiry or cancellation of the permit.