Trump Inks Revocation Of Stream Protection Rule

Law360, New York (February 16, 2017, 4:19 PM EST) -- President Donald J. Trump on Thursday signed a bill revoking a U.S. Department of the Interior rule aimed at minimizing coal mining's harm to surface water and groundwater, the second energy-related rule crafted by the Obama administration that's been killed through use of the Congressional Review Act.

The bill, passed by both houses of the GOP-controlled Congress, undoes the DOI Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement’s so-called stream protection rule. Republicans blasted the rule as trampling over state authority to regulate coal mining and cutting off large swaths of land to mining.

With coal industry representatives and senators from coal-heavy...

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