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Trump ends stream protection rule

Steelmakers recently urged Trump to take broad action to reduce steel imports and curb global excess steel production capacity. (File Image)

President Trump signed legislation today to end the regulation protecting waterways from coal mining waste, reports the Hill.

The Surface Mining’s Stream Protection Rule was enacted by Obama but was resisted by coal miners.

The rule is among the most controversial environment regulations the former administration put together. The coal mining industry said it would be costly to implement and lead to job losses across the sector, which is already suffering from a market-driven downturn in demand for its product.

At the signing, Trump called the regulation “another terrible job killing rule” and said ending it would save “many thousands American jobs, especially in the mines, which, I have been promising you — the mines are a big deal.”

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Creative commons image of President Donald Trump courtesy of Ninian Reid