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A New Federal Stream-Protection Proposal May Be Both Counterproductive and Unnecessary


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THE FEDERAL "OFFICE OF SURFACE-MINING RECLAMATION AND ENFORCEMENT" HAS BEEN HOLDING PUBLIC HEARINGS, THIS MONTH [SEPTEMBER], CONCERNING ITS PROPOSED "STREAM-PROTECTION RULE".  HOWEVER, LUKE POPOVICH [AS IN "POP"], OF THE "NATIONAL MINING ASSOCIATION", BELIEVES THAT THE RULE IS DESIGNED TO PROTECT THE REGULATORS--NOT THE STREAMS...

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THIS RULE SERVES NO ENVIRONMENTAL PURPOSE:  THE OFFICE'S OWN REVIEWS DISPUTE ITS CLAIMS ABOUT THE NEED TO BETTER PROTECT STREAMS; THEY SHOW THAT MINING-COMPANIES ARE OVERWHELMINGLY IN COMPLIANCE WITH CURRENT STANDARDS.  STILL, THE RULE WOULD BE VERY COSTLY--ADDING TO THE 40-THOUSAND HIGH-WAGE JOBS LOST IN OUR INDUSTRY SINCE 2011.  THERE'D BE LESS MONEY FOR COMMUNITIES, WHEN MINERS CAN'T MINE; AT LEAST UP TO FIVE-BILLION DOLLARS, IN FEDERAL- AND STATE-REVENUES, WOULD BE LOST.  AND, THE PROPOSAL WOULD ESSENTIALLY DUPLICATE CURRENT PROTECTIONS, FROM BOTH THE 'E-P-A' AND THE STATE ENVIRONMENTAL-AGENCIES.  INSTEAD OF PRODUCING ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS, THIS RULE WOULD FORCE TAXPAYERS TO PAY FOR BOTH A BIGGER ROLE AND MORE BUREAUCRATS--FOR AN AGENCY THAT DOESN'T NEED EITHER ONE."

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