Congressmen McKinley, Mooney and Jenkins

We the undersigned urge you to take immediate action to overturn the so-called “Stream Protection Rule” proposed by the United States Department of Interior Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (“OSM”), 80 Fed. Reg. 44,436 (July 27, 2015).

If finalized, the Stream Protection Rule will devastate our nation’s coal industry. It is estimated that the rule will result in the loss of between 100,000 – 300,000 mining-related jobs, reduce our nation’s coal production by 30-65%, leave $14-$29 Billion in coal reserves in the ground, and cost the state and federal government between $3 and $6 Billion in lost tax base. While the rule will cause the most harm to constituents like yours in West Virginia, its impact will also be felt across the country as increased costs of coal production will lead to increased electricity prices nationwide.

Congress has held multiple hearings on this Rule, and those hearings have established that the rule is unnecessary, that it was politically motivated to harm the coal industry, that OSM changed the job loss assumptions to support the rule, and that OSM ignored the input of the states in the rule-making process.

Despite being well aware of the numerous flaws in the rule, OSM is poised to finalize it by the end of the year. This means that the time for Congress to act is now. Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress can pass a resolution disapproving of this unlawful “midnight” rule- making. Congress can also include language in legislation expressly de-funding OSM to eliminate its ability to implement this flawed rule.

Please take action now to save hundreds of thousands of coal mining jobs and the local communities they support by stopping the Stream Protection Rule.
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