Missouri sues Obama administration over coal mining rule

Josh Hawley | Courtesy of MU School of Law

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley said the state has sued the Obama administration over coal mining regulations declared by the Department of the Interior. The rules are meant to reduce coal mining’s impact on streams. But Hawley, a Republican, said the regulations overstep agency authority and violate federal law.

He said the Obama administration “has no authority” to issue the regulations, and that they drive up energy costs for Missourians.

Missouri is one of 13 states asking a federal court to block the rule. The suit, Ohio et al v. Department of the Interior, claims that the regulations announced by the Department’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement exceed the office’s statutory authority and violate Missouri’s prerogatives under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act.

The U.S. Interior Department argues that the rule will protect 6,000 miles of streams by preventing coal mining debris from being dumped into nearby waters.

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