Tipton Urges Protection for Mining Jobs in End of Year Funding Bill
Congressman Scott Tipton has urged House of Representatives leadership to ensure that a provision to halt the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement’s (OSMRE) proposed Stream Protection Rule (SPR) is included in any end of year funding package.
The letter, sent by the Congressional Coal Caucus, reads in part, “Preventing the SPR from being finalized is the Coal Caucus’ number one priority. If this rule is implemented, approximately 78,000 mining jobs will be lost in addition to the tens of thousands already lost under this Administration. Therefore it is imperative that a provision to delay or halt the SPR be included in a must-pass bill before the end of the 114th Congress.”
The OSMRE released the proposed SPR on July 27, 2015. On January 12, 2016, the House of Representatives passed a measure that would require more transparency from the Administration on the SPR. The bill would also require a third party study to evaluate the strength of the current regulations. The Senate has so far failed to take up the bill.
“The Administration rammed through this overreaching rule, cloaked in secrecy and without presenting transparent scientific evidence backing for it. Our communities cannot afford to lose any more jobs at the hands of this president’s radical regulatory agenda. It is vital that we put a stop to this rule before the end of the year,” Tipton said.
The letter can be viewed in full here.