HJ Res 38 It is Okay for Coal Companies to Pollute Waterways

HJ Res 38 It is Okay for Coal Companies to Pollute Waterways

Because sometimes there simply are no better words in which to say it…

From the Huffington Post: “Trump signed legislation repealing the Stream Protection Rule [this is technically HJ Res 38 and the rule repealed is Federal Regulation 93066], an Obama – era regulation that sought to protect U.S. waterways from coal mining operations. The rule required coal mining companies to avoid practices ‘that permanently pollute streams, destroy drinking water sources, increase flood risk and threaten forests.’ The regulation mandated the testing and monitoring of waterways before, during and after mining operations, and required companies that had used controversial practices like mountaintop removal mining to restore land to its ‘previous condition’ once mining is complete.

Environmentalists and public health advocates lambasted the rule’s repeal. ‘Limiting the toxic waste coal companies can dump in our rivers and streams is not a burdensome government regulation; it is common sense and, quite frankly, the job of our federal government,’ said Deborah Murray, a senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, in a statement” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-100-days-environment-earth-day_us_58f87b68e4b0cb086d7e3175)

From our President: “And this is our second bill signing this week as we continue to work for the American people.  This is H.J. Resolution 38, and that will eliminate another terrible job-killing rule, saving many thousands of American jobs, especially in the mines, which I’ve been promising you.  The mines are a big deal.  I’ve had support from some of you folks right from the very beginning, and I won’t forget it.  I went to West Virginia and I — we had 17,000, 18,000 people that couldn’t get into that big arena, right?  You were a few of them.  But that was some day and some night. … In eliminating this rule, I am continuing to keep my promise to the American people to get rid of wasteful regulations that do nothing — absolutely nothing — but slow down the economy, hamstring companies, push jobs to other countries — which is happening all over, although I must tell you, we’ve stopped it.  You’ve seen all the factories, all the plants that are moving back.  They’re going back to a lot of places.  So you know that, right, fellas?  They’re moving back fast.  Ford, General Motors, Fiat — so many.  Very happy….Compliance costs for this rule would be over $50 million a year for the coal industry alone, and it’s unnecessary.  I want to also thank the incredible coal miners who are with us today.  I think we can maybe thank them the most, right, for — political leaders.  (Applause.)  You folks have put up with a lot.  And you know, in other countries, they love their coal.  Over here, we haven’t treated it with the respect it deserves.  Even for defense, having that coal is a very important thing for us.  So I want to thank you all.

This rule we’re eliminating it’s a major threat to your jobs, and we’re going to get rid of that threat immediately.  We’re going to fight for you like I promised I would in the campaign.  And you were very good to me, and I’m going to be even better to you, I promise you that.

And we’re going to fight for, also, low-energy prices for all Americans.  There’s a spirit of optimism rising across the country.  It’s going to continue to grow as we sign more and more bills.  We’re going to make our nation more than competitive — not just competitive, we’re going to be more than competitive.  And we’re going to win at many, many industries.  We’re already starting back with the automobile industry.  We had the airline industry in the other day.  They have rules and regulations that by the time they get through it, it’s — nothing left, and they have to get rid of a lot of jobs.  We had a great meeting, actually…. We have a tremendous streak going on.  And that’s only because of the optimism.  They feel the optimism.  And that optimism is creating a lot of jobs” (https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/02/16/remarks-president-trump-signing-hj-resolution-38).

From Duncan Hunter: A yes vote

From Senators Harris and Feinstein: Two no votes