Rule Tightens Restrictions on Coal Mining Near Streams

20 Dec 2016   Coal, Water

The Interior Department on Monday issued a rule putting tighter restrictions on coal mining near streams, one of several environmental rules President-elect Donald Trump has targeted to undo once he takes office in January. The department has been working on the rule, which sets tougher standards for water quality and requires companies to restore streams more comprehensively after mining activities, for nearly all of President Barack Obama’s time in the White House. It is one of several regulations the administration is releasing in the 11th-hour of Mr. Obama’s eight-year presidency. Deriding the rule as “excessive,” Mr. Trump cited it as one of several he would rescind as president on his transition website soon after his surprise victory in the presidential contest. On the campaign trail, Mr. Trump often accused Mr. Obama of waging a […]

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