Coal trucks will be no more.
A new US law that went into effect on January 1, 2018, is the result of months of negotiations between the industry and the Trump administration.
The legislation allows US coal companies to shift out of their “high-volume” and “hazardous” mining activities to be able to concentrate on safer, cleaner production.
The move is meant to be “more environmentally friendly”, according to the White House.
But the new law does not go far enough.
What happens next?
The coal industry has been lobbying hard against the new rules.
US Senator John Barrasso, a Republican from Wyoming, said in January that the coal industry would “go to the mat” to fight the new regulations, and that coal companies would “have a hard time competing” if they do not comply.
Senator John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, said the new laws would “encourage” the mining industry to use cleaner and more efficient methods.
But industry groups have already expressed their opposition to the new legislation, saying that it will put US miners out of work.
“It’s an unprecedented move that is unprecedented in the history of the United States,” said Joe Sperling, the vice president for coal and natural gas at the American Association of Mine and Energy Officials (AAMO).
“If this law is passed, we will be left with no choice but to be aggressive to fight it.” “
AAMO is a trade association of the US’s largest coal miners, with roughly 2.5 million members. “
If this law is passed, we will be left with no choice but to be aggressive to fight it.”
AAMO is a trade association of the US’s largest coal miners, with roughly 2.5 million members.
Senator Barrasso’s comments echoed those of the National Mining Association, which has warned against any change to the law, saying the change would “put US coal miners out-of-work”.
The coal trucking industry, which is the biggest employer in the US, has long been opposed to the change, which it says will harm jobs and hurt the economy.
But Mr Spering said the coal truckers were also opposed to any changes to the regulations that would require them to pay a toll to the US Environmental Protection Agency, which the industry says would cost jobs.
“The trucking companies know this is a bad idea,” he said.
“They know that they can’t afford to pay the toll.”
The Trump administration says it is committed to the “safeguards and protections” of the regulations, but that the trucking company will not be allowed to be exempt from them.
“As we’ve seen in the past, truckers have had to bear the cost of environmental protection for decades,” said Mike Fleischmann, the acting administrator of the EPA.
“We don’t believe that trucking should have to pay more.”
The move to close mines to the public and close coal mines is one of the most contentious issues in the coal debate.
Some critics of the new restrictions say that the move will force miners to relocate and will increase the risk of coal spills.
Other critics argue that the regulations will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while others argue that it could increase costs to companies and make it harder to access a market for coal.
Who can take part?
The Trump White House has also indicated that it is open to allowing trucking and other mining companies to keep some operations in place.
“What the president has proposed here is the right thing to do, and we think it’s an important step in helping coal miners,” said David O’Rourke, a spokesman for Mr Barrasso.
They are not going to disappear overnight. “
These companies are the biggest employers in America.
Is this just a coincidence? “
So we think this is an important, commonsense approach that will help the American people while we work through this.”
Is this just a coincidence?
Many have argued that it’s not the first time that a US president has pushed for tighter regulation of coal.
For example, in 2005, President George W Bush tried to loosen regulations on the construction of coal mines in Appalachia, after a devastating accident at a mine in West Virginia.
Mr Bush’s plan was met with opposition from the mining sector, including coal companies, which feared that the president’s plan would lead to job losses and increased environmental damage.
In 2016, Mr Trump pushed for a temporary ban on new coal leases in the state of Wyoming.
Mr Trump’s administration has also been criticised for its attempts to restrict the use of fracking in some states.
What will happen to all the jobs?
The move has been welcomed by industry groups, who argue that this will help bring jobs back to the areas where they are most needed.
“Today’s announcement is an encouraging step forward in advancing the president and his administration’s goal of putting America’s coal miners back to work and increasing the economy in Appalach