DOI Official Stands By Coal Mining Rulemaking Process

Law360, New York (July 23, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT) -- The government's top mining regulator defended the Obama administration's delay in issuing stream protection regulation and deflected criticism from House Republicans about the rule's allegedly dire economic consequences during a hearing Tuesday, saying it's too early to predict the impact of a rule that has not yet been proposed.

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Director Joseph Pizarchik took heat from impatient GOP lawmakers frustrated that the department has come up with nothing despite spending $8.6 million and several...
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