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Supervisor in mining office faces conflict-of-interest allegations

A supervisor in the California government office that regulates mines is under investigation for alleged conflicts of interest, including co-ownership of a Northern California gold-mining company within his jurisdiction, ethics officials confirmed on Friday. The California Fair Political Practices Commission is investigating Thomas P. Ferrero, a senior engineering geologist in the Department of Conservation's Office of Mine Reclamation compliance unit. Ferrero is a co-owner of the Miriah Mining Co. Inc. gold mine about 20 miles west of Mt. Shasta. The FPPC's review marks a turnaround by the agency, which last year advised that Ferrero had no conflict of interest because,...

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