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Businesses Blast Congress on Killing Coal Clean-Up Rule

For Immediate Release: 
February 3, 2017

Corporate Welfare for Coal at Huge Cost to Other Businesses That Need Clean Waterways.

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Bob Keener

WASHINGTON, DC (February 3, 2017)—The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), with a membership network representing more than 250,000 businesses, today released a statement criticizing Congress’ decision to upend a rule that requires coal firms using mountaintop-removal mining to clean up waste and keep it out of local waterways.

The following statement is by Richard Eidlin, Vice President of Policy and Campaigns and co-founder of the American Sustainable Business Council:

“The Congressional majority is jeopardizing thousands of jobs and many businesses that depend on clean water near coal mining operations. At the same time, it is letting coal companies completely off the hook for pollution they cause. It’s a ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card for coal companies.

“This decision amounts to corporate welfare for one industry, to the detriment of the outdoor recreation industry and others that rely on clean water. Clean-up costs will fall on taxpayers, including businesses unrelated to coal mining.

“Coal, once essential to America’s growth, has also contributed to climate change. Now the market has shifted due to falling natural gas prices and voters’ demand for clean air. Coal is now an expensive environmental problem rather than a sensible source for economic growth.

“Instead of propping up this obsolete industry, Congress and the Trump Administration should be helping coal-dependent communities transition to a more sustainable economy. The longer they put off that transition, the more they will damage those very communities.”

The American Sustainable Business Council advocates for policy change and informs business owners and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant, sustainable economy. Through its national member network, it represents more than 250,000 business owners, executives and investors from a wide range of industries.