Congressman Rick Berg today announced that H.R. 3409, known as the "Stop the War on Coal Act," passed by a vote of 233 to 175. This will protect American jobs and support U.S. energy production by prohibiting the Secretary of the Interior from issuing new rules or regulations that adversely impacts mining jobs and the economy.
"The number one thing we can do to promote a healthy economy is to create certainty and stability amongst our job creators," stated Berg. "Nearly 80 percent of electric generation in North Dakota comes from coal, so we must make sure the folks in Washington don't impose regulations that would kill our coal industry. This is truly a matter of ensuring affordable energy for the people of North Dakota."
H.R. 3409, of which Berg is a co-sponsor, is a package of bills that protect American jobs and support U.S. energy production by prohibiting the Secretary of the Interior from issuing new rules or regulations that will adversely impact mining jobs. It stops the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from using the Clean Air Act to impose costly greenhouse gas regulations that would burden broad sectors of the economy; requires the EPA to provide honest accounting of the full cost of the EPA's rules; provides consistent state regulatory authority over coal ash; and blocks the EPA's usurpation of the states' role under the Clean Water Act in setting water quality standards and restoring the long-standing balance between federal and state partners in regulating the nation's waters.
The House also passed an amendment introduced by Berg regarding regional haze regulations. Berg's amendment empowers the states to have the final authority in regulating Regional Haze. This amendment passed the house by a vote of 228 to 133.