The Transylvania Times -

By Park Baker
Staff Writer 

Rules To Protect Streams Rolled Back – Brevard NC


February 9, 2017

The 115th Congress voted 228 to 194 last Tuesday to roll back protections on streams and rivers. The Stream Protection Rule extended protections to waterways near coal mining operations.

President Barack Obama had finalized a version of the rule that strengthened it in December 2016 that read that mining operations could not damage waterways and established a 100-foot buffer around streams to preserve the animals and plants around those operations.

While there are no coal mines in Transylvania County, and no active mines in North Carolina at all, Congressman Mark Meadows, who represents...

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