News - This Month In Coal - March 2017

Working With Congress, President Trump Repeals Stream Protection Rule

On February 16, President Donald J. Trump signed legislation that will repeal the Stream Protection Rule, which he called “another terrible job-killing rule.”

At the signing, President Trump said this action stands by his promise of saving American jobs, especially those at mines across the U.S., and eliminating “wasteful regulations that do nothing.”

“This rule we’re eliminating it’s a major threat to your jobs, and we’re going to get rid of that threat immediately,” Trump said. “We’re going to fight for you like I promised I would in the campaign.”

The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate approved the measure in early February that will nullify the Stream Protection Rule that was finalized by the Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement on December 20. The rule addresses the impacts of surface coal mining operations on surface water, groundwater and the productivity of mining operation sites.

The blocked regulation would have duplicated existing regulations already in place to protect Americans, a statement from the White House said.

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