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Kentucky joins legal fight against the Stream Protection Rule, claiming state’s responsibility

Kentucky joined 12 other states in petitioning the United States District Court, in the District of Columbia, to enjoin the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) from enforcing the Stream Protection Rule it finalized late last year. The complaint, filed today, alleges that the Stream Protection Rule fundamentally rewrites the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (Act)...

Rural Blog: Feds finalize Stream Protection Rule; senators from coal states vow to overturn it

The federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, which spent nearly the entire Obama presidency working on the Stream Protection Rule, issued a final version this week with “new limits on coal mining near waterways,” Dylan Brown reports for Greenwire. “The new guidelines stringently define ‘material damage to the hydrologic balance outside the permit area’...