New Study Shows Administration Rules Costing Too Many Jobs

osmA new study by an environmental consulting firm documents steep costs and job losses from a new regulation from the U.S. Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement (OSM), adding further credence to widespread criticisms of what has been deemed by local natural resource experts as an unnecessary rule. The study shows that the so-called Stream Protection Rule (SPR), the subject of Senate oversight hearings today, will eliminate the jobs of between 40,000 and 78,000 coal miners in an industry that has already lost more than 40,000 jobs since 2011, many from administration regulations. When including employment in coal-dependent industries, Ramboll Environ found the jobless toll from OSM’s rule could rise as high as 281,000. Despite these destructive economic impacts nationwide, the study shows the rule would accomplish no environmental purpose. The study can be found by clicking here.

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