Senator Markey Statement on Final Stream Protection Rule “The Interior Department’s Stream Protection Rule will help protect Appalachian communities from the devastating and toxic impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining.
BigNews.Biz - Dec 24,2016 - Senator Markey Statement on Final Stream Protection Rule
Boston – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement after the Obama administration released final regulations to prevent or minimize impacts to surface water and groundwater from coal mining.
“The Interior Department’s Stream Protection Rule will help protect Appalachian communities from the devastating and toxic impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining. This rule is a critical step in protecting the public health and clean water for millions of Americans and I will work to ensure that it is not rolled back by a Trump Administration. I applaud President Obama and Secretary Jewell for taking this important action to protect public health in these areas.”
For more than three decades, Senator Markey has worked to secure nuclear power plants and ensure the public safety in the event of a nuclear disaster. While in the House of Representatives in 1979, before the Three Mile Island accident occurred, Markey introduced legislation providing for a three year moratorium on licensing of new nuclear power plants until a top to bottom safety analysis on nuclear reactors could be performed. In 1986, he chaired hearings on the causes and consequences of the disaster at Chernobyl. Following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Markey passed a law to strengthen security for nuclear reactors and materials, and a law providing for distribution of potassium iodide to those living within 20 miles of a nuclear reactor, which he continues to urge the Obama administration to implement. And before the Fukushima Dai-ichi meltdowns in Japan, Markey raised concerns about the seismic resiliency of America’s reactors.