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Congress moves forward on rolling back Stream Protection Rule

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Congress moves forward on rolling back Stream Protection Rule

A coalition of Republican members of Congress touted companion resolutions aiming to overturn the Obama administration's Stream Protection Rule.

According to a news release, Reps. David McKinley and Evan Jenkins of West Virginia and Ohio's Bill Johnson joined Sens. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia in introducing resolutions of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act. The release warned that if not stopped, the rule "could devastate our coal communities."

"It is just one example of the former administration's policies that have jeopardized jobs and taken power away from state and local governments in order to grow the federal bureaucracy," McConnell said. "Further, this regulation, like many others of the Obama era does not take into account the negative consequences these policies would have on hardworking Americans and the families they support."

The rule was introduced in July 2015 and adds environmental monitoring requirements and restrictions that would affect coal mining operations. The industry has been highly critical of the controversial rule, which was finalized near the end of Obama's presidency.

In a conference call Jan. 27, a representative said Congress was also taking aim at a venting and flaring rule affecting the natural gas sector.