By Ben Geman - 11/12/13 10:13 AM EST
The House Natural Resources Committee will likely approve GOP legislation Thursday that would block the Interior Department from toughening regulation of so-called mountaintop removal coal mining projects in Appalachia.
The committee is slated to mark up Rep. Bill Johnson’s (R-Ohio) bill that prevents Interior from rewriting a controversial George W. Bush-era regulation that environmentalists say enables destruction of Appalachian streams.
Interior has for years been planning to rewrite the Bush-era rule that governs disposal of waste from mining projects.
E2-Wire has more on Johnson’s bill and Interior’s plan here.