Trump’s climate-change push is making it easier for coal mining companies to keep making profits.
But the Trump administration is making the effort more difficult by imposing new requirements that mining companies meet for new permits.
Here’s a look at how coal companies are facing the new rules, which are part of an overall strategy to curb carbon pollution from the fossil fuel industry.
What’s new:The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday approved new regulations aimed at preventing coal companies from dumping large amounts of toxic waste in waterways.
The new rules would require mining companies like those in Wyoming, North Dakota and Kentucky to collect and bury hazardous waste from mines and facilities, including large amounts.
The EPA also requires coal companies to use safer and more efficient disposal methods.
The rules apply to mining and processing facilities.
The rules also require companies to reduce emissions from mining, transportation, and the power sector by at least 50 percent by 2030, and by 40 percent by 2050.