CHEYENNE — U.S. Sens. John Barrasso and Mike Enzi are expressing concern with how quickly the Obama administration is trying to implement new surface mining regulations.
The Wyoming Republicans joined two other senators in writing the director of the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement.
In the letter, the senators express concerns with the agency short-circuiting the process to develop a new stream protection rule.
They say the rule would be the most sweeping regulatory change to surface mining regulations in the last 30 years and could impact jobs and U.S. energy production.
The senators maintain the agency has limited public comment on the proposed rule.