ACC Applauds Action on Stream Rule

WASHINGTON, DC  (February 3, 2017)– The congressional action this week to strike down the “Stream Protection Rule” issued December 19, 2016 by the Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement is a welcome step in the right direction for the federal government and for coal. The swift action recognizes the severe flaws in a regulation that would needlessly restrict access to our nation’s abundant coal reserves, increase mining costs, erode federal and state tax revenues, and result in the loss of high numbers of well-paying jobs.

This rule is a shining example of policy that would be harmful, not helpful. It was one of the most punitive of the many federal regulations for coal mining and use issued over the past several years. While lacking in benefits, the rule would have been enormously bureaucratic. It was lengthy, redundant, and duplicative and would have delivered absolutely none of the regulatory certainly touted when it was proposed in 2015.

The American Coal Council appreciates this congressional recognition of the regulatory relief needed for coal and looks forward to continued efforts to restore balance and common sense to regulation.

The American Coal Council is a nonprofit trade association representing the collective interests of the American coal sector ~ from the hole-in-the-ground to the plug-in-the-wall ~ in advocating for coal as an economic, abundant, and environmentally sound fuel source.

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06. February 2017 by Terry Headley
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