Groups seek re­view on mine cleanup rule

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - WEATHER DESK -

BILLINGS, Mont. — En­vi­ron­men­tal groups chal­lenged the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion in fed­eral court Wed­nes­day over its re­jec­tion of an Obama-era pro­posal that would have re­quired min­ing com­pa­nies to prove they have enough money to clean up their pol­lu­tion.

The groups filed a pe­ti­tion with the U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals for the District of Columbia, ask­ing it to re­view last year’s move to drop the rule. An at­tor­ney said the re­ver­sal un­der Trump leaves tax­pay­ers re­spon­si­ble into the fu­ture for min­ing pol­lu­tion that fouls wa­ter­ways and en­dan­gers pub­lic health.

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