March 24, 2015

White House reviewing controversial mining rule

From: The Hill

By Timothy Cama

The White House is conducting its final review of a controversial regulation meant to protect streams from mountaintop removal mining.

The regulation from the Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining would change a 2008 rule issued by the Bush administration that a federal court struck down in February 2014.

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said it received the rule for review Tuesday but did not provide any details of the proposal. The OMB review is the final step before the proposal, which would also cover other forms of surface coal mining, can be made public.

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