And for what…??? A few lousy $$$ of additional profit$$$$$ at the expen$e of negatively impacting human health…

…And for what…???  A few lousy $$$ of additional profit$$$$$ at the expen$e of negatively impacting human health…

Republicans Wipe Out Stream Protection Rule, Giving Gift to Big Coal While Threatening Public and Environmental Health

"Donald Trump didn’t do this—rank-and-file Republicans did," said Rep. Raúl Grijalva.

By Adam Sarvana / AlterNet  ……Washington, D.C.—House Republicans began their all-out assault on regulatory health, safety and financial protections Wednesday by voting to repeal the Stream Protection Rule, which would help protect waterways and communities from the negative effects of unchecked coal mining. Following the just-concluded House vote to wipe out the Stream Protection Rule, a Department of the Interior regulation that regulates the dumping of waste from mountaintop removal (MTR) mining, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said the vote was a stark reminder of the fact that Republicans in Congress, just as much as President Donald Trump, are responsible for wiping out our nation’s public health and environmental legacy.

“President Trump didn’t make this happen—rank-and-file Republicans passed this bill today,” Grijalva said. “His outrageous and unpopular behavior has drawn attention away from the fact that his party is wiping out public health and environmental standards every day from the floor of Congress. The American people didn’t vote in November to weaken our environmental laws or have mining waste dumped in their communities. But that’s what this bill does, and that’s what my Republican colleagues voted for today.”

In a just-published op-ed, Grijalva urges environmentalists to “get up off the mat” and fight the impending attacks on bedrock environmental laws like the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, pointing to the Republican Party’s active hostility to the environment as an even greater threat than the George W. Bush administration’s attitude of neglect.

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