Congressional Review Act Resolution of Disapproval of the Stream Protection Rule

Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior known as the Stream Protection Rule.

U.S. Senate
Introduced on January 30, 2017
Roll Number 43
Bill Passed 54-45 on February 2, 2017


(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary of that version is repeated here.) This joint resolution nullifies the Stream Protection Rule finalized by the Department of the Interior's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement on December 20, 2016. The rule addresses the impacts of surface coal mining operations on surface water, groundwater, and the productivity of mining operation sites.
NAM Position:YES

Vote on H. J. Res. 38, providing for congressional disapproval of the rule submitted by the Department of Interior known as the Stream Protection Rule, introduced by Representatives Bill Johnson (R-OH), Evan Jenkins (R-WV) and David McKinley (R-WV). The resolution restores the previous buffer rule that has protected streams since 1983. Under current law, the stream protection rule does not balance reasonable environmental objectives with the need for manufacturers to have a diverse fuel portfolio, including continued cost-effective coal use.