Federal Coal Mining Stream Protection Rule Nullified
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On February 16, 2017, President Trump approved a joint resolution of Congress nullifying the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement’s (OSMRE) controversial Stream Protection Rule. The joint resolution was passed pursuant to the 1996 Congressional Review Act (CRA), which allows a new Congress to use special fast-track procedures to invalidate federal agency rules submitted in the last 60 session or legislative days of the previous session of Congress. This marks the second time that President Trump has approved a CRA joint resolution, and the third time ever that the CRA has been utilized successfully.