President Donald Trump reversed an Obama-era rule last week aimed at blocking coal-mining operations from dumping waste into nearby waterways. House Republicans also passed two bills that would nullify regulations affecting federal funding for Planned Parenthood and hunting activities on national wildlife refuges in Alaska.
The president said signing the bill would “eliminate another terrible job-killing rule saving many thousands of American jobs, especially in the mines," which he's been promising since the start of the election.
Mining companies hailed the action, saying the changes would generate jobs and allow state officials to adopt policies more in line with their own ideological outlook.
A representative of the group Appalachian Voices and Duffield resident Ron Short said eliminating the regulation would do nothing to bring coal jobs back to the area where he lives.
Trump's action would reverse the stream buffer rule, which the Interior Department estimated would have safeguarded 6,000 miles of streams and 52,000 acres of forests. Surface-ming firms said the rule was too costly.