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U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) co-sponsored his first resolution of the 115th Congress to stop the overreaching Stream Buffer Zone Rule, one of the Obama Administration's last attempts to shut down more coal mining operations in Central Appalachia and around the country. The joint resolution allows each chamber of Congress to take a simple vote to overturn the controversial rule that was published on December 20th.  

"Let this be our first congressional declaration that the Obama Administration's war on coal is over," said Congressman Rogers. "Since 2008, we've lost more than 11,000 coal mining jobs in Eastern Kentucky alone, devastating our families and coal communities. It's time to rebuild and advance commonsense legislation that reverses these terrible trends."

The Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement (OSMRE) failed to comply with a Congressional directive to work closely with coal-producing states and share analytical data before finalizing the rule.