- Associated Press - Saturday, July 2, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is reminding the public that a state permit is required when using a sluice box to pan for gold.

The agency says environmental enforcement officers and game wardens recently found some recreational mineral prospectors in and around streams in southeastern Vermont and says most were complying with the state law. But the agency says three people were issued environmental citations for using sluice boxes in streams without a permit.

The penalty for first time offenders is $150 and penalties can go up for repeat offenders.

A permit costs $25 for Vermont residents and $50 for out-of-staters.

The agency says suction dredging is prohibited.

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