Inspector general report reveals Obama EPA killing thousands of mining jobs

“The Obama administration’s crackdown on mountaintop removal has delayed 138 permit reviews beyond the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s average processing time, according to a new EPA Inspector General review,” Ken Ward of the Charleston (W.V.) Gazette reports Monday.

“IG investigators examined 185 applications for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers “dredge-and-fill” Clean Water Act permits and found that about a third have been issued, a third have been withdrawn by mine operators and another third remain pending.”

“…more than half of the 66 pending applications have been under review for more than two years, according to the report released last week.”

“Instead of spending more and more taxpayer dollars to wage this war on affordable energy, the Obama EPA should be processing and approving these permits to spur job creation, especially in areas such as Appalachia that have significant employment needs,” said Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.)