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GOP Congress and President Trump ends Obama's Coal Mining Regulations

Thursday, February 16, 2017 20:36
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By Douglas V. Gibbs 

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A December 2016 regulation that the Obama administration put into effect to limit the coal mining industry, dubbed as a protection of waterways from coal mining waste, was put to death today when President Trump signed a piece of legislation ending the coal mining regulation.
The law is the second one since Trump took office that goes after Obama-era environmental regulations.
The announcement was accompanied by a few grateful miners from West Virginia taking the microphone to voice their appreciation.
The end of the regulation will create a boost for the coal mining industry, ending what would have been a regulation that was costly to implement and was expected to lead to job losses across the sector.

During the signing of the new piece of legislation, Trump called the Obama regulation “another terrible job killing rule” and said ending it would save “many thousands American jobs, especially in the mines, which, I have been promising you — the mines are a big deal.”

“This is a major threat to your jobs and we’re going to get rid of this threat,” he added. “We’re going to fight for you.”

“In my home state of Kentucky and others across the nation, the stream buffer rule will cause major damage to communities and threaten coal jobs,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said before the bill passed. “We should heed their call now and begin bringing relief to coal country.”

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