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Tell your Senators not to gamble with America's clean water!

The 2016 Stream Protection Rule improved water protections for people across the country. Unfortunately, this week members of Congress are considering a roll back on these protections. 

The Department of the Interior's new Stream Protection Rule “includes reasonable and straightforward reforms to revise three-decades-old regulations for coal mining in order to avoid or minimize impacts on surface water, groundwater, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources. The rule incorporates current science, technology, and modern mining practices to safeguard communities from the long-term effects of pollution and environmental degradation that endanger public health and undermine future economic opportunities for affected communities.”[1]

Send your Senators a message now telling them that America’s streams aren’t for sale. We need Congress to defend the Stream Protection Rule, which provides common-sense protections for the drinking water of communities across our country.

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[1] "Interior Department Finalizes Rule to Safeguard Communities from Coal Mining Impacts," Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Interior

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Please vote no on rolling back the Stream Protection Rule!
The 2016 Stream Protection Rule was carefully crafted by the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) following extensive meetings with multiple stakeholders, including those who work and live in coal country. It’s a common-sense update to surface mining regulations that should not be reversed. Developed by DOI’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), the Stream Protection Rule includes reasonable and straightforward reforms to revise three-decades-old regulations for coal mining in order to avoid or minimize impacts on surface water, groundwater, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources. The rule incorporates current science, technology, and modern mining practices to safeguard communities from the long-term effects of pollution and environmental degradation that endanger public health and undermine future economic opportunities for affected communities. Through clear, measurable standards, the rule promotes accountability to achieve the environmental restoration required when mining operations were permitted. Additionally, the DOI has thoroughly analyzed economic impacts of the rule, and the final rule is projected to have a negligible impact on the coal industry overall. The law makes life better for a countless number of Americans nearby where coal is being mined, and is a common-sense way to safeguard drinking water sources for the future. Please vote to keep the Stream Protection Rule by voting against the Congressional Review Act (CRA) Resolution .