Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenOn The Money: Inside the Mueller report | Cain undeterred in push for Fed seat | Analysis finds modest boost to economy from new NAFTA | White House says deal will give auto sector B boost Government report says new NAFTA would have minimal impact on economy Hillicon Valley: Washington preps for Mueller report | Barr to hold Thursday presser | Lawmakers dive into AI ethics | FCC chair moves to block China Mobile | Dem bill targets 'digital divide' | Microsoft denies request for facial recognition tech MORE (D-Ore.) said mining companies will no longer be allowed to dodge royalty payments when they export coal.

“I said from the beginning that taxpayers must receive every penny they are owed when coal companies sell resources extracted from public lands,” Wyden said.


His comments came after Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced the agency was closing tax loopholes that allowed companies to avoid paying full royalties on coal that was mined on federal land and shipped abroad.

Wyden applauded Jewell’s action, saying it was a “common-sense” step.

The Department of Interior will now factor in potential coal mining and exporting when assessing lease prices on Bureau of Land Management lands.