CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The Obama administration's own experts say proposed new coal mining regulations to protect streams would eliminate thousands of jobs across the country.
The job and production losses are outlined in an Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement document obtained by The Associated Press. The rules are supposed to replace Bush-era regulations.
The OSM has submitted the proposal to big coal producing states for their feedback before it finalizes any new regulations.
The document says protections in the administration's preferred plan would trim production to the point that 9,000 of the nation's estimated 80,600 coal mining jobs would be lost.
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