Obama admin sets rule to protect streams near coal mines

2016-12-19 19:15
(Antonio Perez, AP)

(Antonio Perez, AP)

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Washington - The Obama administration has finalised rules designed to reduce the environmental impact of coal mining on the nation's streams, a long-anticipated move that met quick resistance from Republicans who vowed to overturn it under president-elect Donald Trump.

The Interior Department said on Monday the rule will protect 9 600km of streams and 21 000ha of forests, preventing debris from coal mining from being dumped into nearby waters.

Officials said the rule would cause only modest job losses in coal country, but Republicans denounced it as a job-killer imposed during President Barack Obama's final days in office.

Republican Rob Bishop of Utah, chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, said he looks forward to working with Trump to overturn the rule "and implement policies that protect communities forsaken by this administration". 

Read more on:    donald trump  |  barack obama  |  us  |  conservation  |  environment  |  pollution
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