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Groups Urge Stronger Protections in New Stream Rule


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Groups Urge Stronger Protections in New Stream Rule

WASHINGTON - The Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining (OSM) released a new proposal revising national rules for surface coal mining. These proposed “stream protection rules” affect the ability of mountaintop removal mining companies to destroy or bury waterways near surface mining operations. Although today’s proposal includes some improvements to the current regime, it weakens other critical protections for Appalachian rivers and streams.

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