Congress Votes To Overturn Obama Rule Reducing Drinking Water Pollution From Coal Mining Waste

 In Environment, Government Regulations   Last Updated: June 22, 2017

The House and the Senate both voted to repeal Obama’s Stream Protection Rule, which prohibits coal mining operations from creating “material damage to the hydrologic balance outside the permit area“, or in other words limits water pollution from coal mining.

Coal mining debris contains toxic chemicals that, when disposed in local waterways around mining operations (instead of being carefully removed), has contaminated drinking water sources and caused serious health issues.





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