Trump signs bill repealing coal regulation that protected waterways

With miners and lawmakers from Ohio and West Virginia at his side, President Trump offered relief to the coal industry by way of signing House Resolution 38 Thursday, a measure repealing another last-minute, Obama-era regulation.

In rolling back the Interior Department’s “Stream Protection Rule,” Mr. Trump effectively killed a directive which would have forced mining companies to oversee conditions of waterways used in mountaintop removal and restore passageways when mine operations have ceased.

The administration said vacating the rule was regulatory excess in view of the fact several similar regulations remain in place.

The rule’s reversal had the support of congressional Republicans, the United Mine Workers of America, the National Mining Association and Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat.

It is estimated the rule would have cost mining companies in excess of $81 million annually.

Describing the Obama administration’s regulation as “another terrible job killing rule,” Mr. Trump continued:

“In eliminating this rule I am continuing to keep my promise to the American people to get rid of wasteful regulations.  This is a major threat to your jobs and we’re going to get rid of this threat.  We’re going to fight for you.”

As with Mr. Trump’s Tuesday repeal of a rule connected with the Dodd-Frank Act forcing energy firms to disclose foreign payments and fees, the nullification of the “Stream Protection Rule” was fostered by the Congressional Review Act.

The GOP has vowed to continue to send legislation to Trump’s desk nullifying former President Obama’s government rules, regulations and restrictions put in place since June 2016.

According to a CNN source, after EPA-designate Scott Pruitt is sworn-in as the agency’s administrator, the president will issue executive actions rolling back more environmental and climate change-related regulations installed under Obama.

 

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