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Friday, February 3, 2017

Surface Water and Coal Mines / Canceled Visas

“The rule defines “material damage to the hydrologic balance outside the permit area” for the first time and clarifying that the statutory prohibition on the approval of proposed operations that would result in material damage to the hydrologic balance outside the permit area applies to both surface and underground mining operations. Under SMCRA, the regulatory authority may not approve a permit application unless the application demonstrates, and the regulatory authority finds, that the proposed operation would not result in material damage to the hydrologic balance outside the permit area.”

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Yellowstone Dam Project/ Overturning Stream Protection Rule

H.J. Res. 38 Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior known as the Stream Protection Rule
Stream Protection Rule
“We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE or OSM), are revising our regulations, based on, among other things, advances in science, to improve the balance between environmental protection and the Nation's need for coal as a source of energy. This final rule will better protect water supplies, surface water and groundwater quality, streams, fish, wildlife, and related environmental values from the adverse impacts of surface coal mining operations and provide mine operators with a regulatory framework to avoid water pollution and the long-term costs associated with water treatment.”
Stream Protection Rule; Final Environmental Impact Statement

Monday, January 30, 2017

Immigration Ban

Full Executive Order Text: Trump’s Action Limiting Refugees Into the U.S. (this information is not yet found at

Other presidential actions regarding immigration from: The Papers of the Presidents

Proclamation 8693—Suspension of Entry of Aliens Subject to United Nations Security Council Travel Bans and International Emergency Economic Powers Act Sanctions (this document may be the source of the list of countries, see the annexes)
July 24th, 2011