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Rep. Alex X. Mooney (WV-2) Calls Out the Obama Administration for the Ridiculous Regulations in its Stream Protection Rule

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Alex X. Mooney spoke on the floor of the United States House of Representatives to denounce the Obama Administration’s Stream Protection Rule.

According to a recent study, the new Stream Protection Rule puts up to 80,000 direct mining jobs at risk.

“These new regulations would be catastrophic to the coal industry and all hardworking American families that depend on coal to keep their energy costs low,” said Rep. Mooney. “The economy of the Appalachian Region, and West Virginia in particular, is uniquely threatened by these regulations because of our mountainous topography and abundance of small streams.”

“These new rules and regulations are over 2,500 pages in length. It is ridiculous that the Department of the Interior is giving states only 60 days to go through them. My office has already found extraneous and superfluous rules that have nothing to do with protecting streams.”

Alex X. Mooney represents West Virginia’s Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a member of the Budget and Natural Resources Committees.