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Waste from coal mining yields toxic levels of arsenic, cadmium, selenium, etc., which translates to “you can’t drink the water.”

The Senate just voted 54-45 to kill a recently enacted “stream protection rule.” If Trump agrees, coal companies can return to their old practice of dumping the detritus left from the mountains they blow up into streams.

Eight years in the making, the legislation — which tightens environmental restrictions on companies seeking to open new mines — was passed just before Obama left office,

Congress’s action won’t put miners back to work. But it sends a message. The kind of thing republicans call governing.

Coal companies have already buried over 2,000 miles of streams that once-upon-a-time provided drinking water for entire generations.

Full story at Vox.

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