2016 Scorecard Vote
Representative Alexander Mooney (R-WV) sponsored H.R. 1644, the Supporting Transparent Regulatory and Environmental Actions in Mining (STREAM) Act, a disastrous bill that would block proposed safeguards that aim to reduce the health and environmental impacts of destructive coal mining practices. H.R. 1644 would stop or at least seriously delay the finalization of the Department of Interior’s proposed Stream Protection Rule, which will better protect mining communities whose drinking water is currently at risk of contamination from inappropriate dumping of toxic mining pollution. As one of the most damaging industrial activities in our nation, mountaintop removal mining has destroyed more than 2,000 miles of streams and over 500 mountains in Central Appalachia while also jeopardizing the health of nearby communities. The Stream Protection Rule will finally update federal rules that fall woefully short of preventing serious harm to the communities living near coal mining operations. On January 12, the House approved H.R. 1644 by a vote of 235-188 (House roll call vote 42). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The Senate took no action on this legislation.