Trump Prioritizes Dirty Mining Under False Pretext

WASHINGTON  – The Trump administration issued an executive order to fast-track dirty mining projects – projects that pose enormous risks to critical water resources, pristine public lands, and communities around our nation. While it offered the pretext of national security to justify its action, this is actually a giveaway to some of the nation's worst polluters.  

The following is a statement from Bobby McEnaney, director of the dirty energy project at NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council):

“The Trump administration is trying to short-circuit the ability of people to have a say in dirty mining projects near their homes by undercutting necessary environmental reviews. We need a careful assessment of these projects more than ever, but this action instead is a massive giveaway to some of the most damaging and polluting industries in our nation.”

“We’re looking closely at the legality of the executive order and will be working with our partners around the nation to do all we can to fight the polluting projects it will attempt to jump-start.”



NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 3 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, MT, and Beijing. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter @NRDC.




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