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A Federal Stream-Protection Proposal Could Cost Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs


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TUESDAY-MORNING [OCTOBER 27TH], THE "SENATE ENERGY AND NATURAL-RESOURCES COMMITTEE" WILL HOLD A HEARING ON THE PROPOSED "STREAM-PROTECTION RULE".  HOWEVER, A NEWLY RELEASED STUDY SUGGESTS THAT THE PROPOSAL COULD PUT HUNDREDS-OF-THOUSANDS OUT OF WORK.  LUKE POPOVICH [AS IN "POP"] IS WITH THE "NATIONAL MINING ASSOCIATION"--WHICH COMMISSIONED THE REPORT...

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OVER 70-THOUSAND MINING-JOBS ARE DIRECTLY AT RISK--AFFECTING BOTH SURFACE- AND UNDERGROUND-MINING.  BUT, THAT NUMBER JUMPS--TO ALMOST 270-THOUSAND--WHEN INCLUDING THE JOBS OF THOSE WHO PROVIDE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES TO THE MINES.  THAT'S OVER 70-PERCENT OF CURRENT EMPLOYMENT-LEVELS.  HOWEVER, IF ANYTHING, THESE FIGURES ARE CONSERVATIVE--AS OUR STUDY DIDN'T INCLUDE THE JOBS LOST IN THE ELECTRICITY-GENERATION SECTOR.  THESE JOB-LOSSES WOULD OCCUR THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY--ESPECIALLY IN THOSE COMMUNITIES THAT ALREADY SUFFER FROM HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT, CAUSED BY EARLIER GOVERNMENT-REGULATIONS.  AND, THE ANNUAL VALUE OF COAL THAT WOULD BE DESTROYED BY THESE [NEW] REGULATIONS IS ROUGHLY 27-BILLION DOLLARS."

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