The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a hearing August 2 to discuss H.R. 2824, the Preventing Government Waste and Protecting Coal Mining Jobs in America Act, which would stop the administration from rewriting the 2008 Stream Buffer Zone Rule. All three witnesses and all but one participating representative spoke in favor of the bill, saying that the rewritten rule would be less environmentally beneficial, kill thousands of coal jobs, lead to billions less in coal company revenues and tax receipts, and impede mine reclamation projects. Many also complained that the current rulemaking process has not been sufficiently transparent, has not given adequate time for stakeholders to review and comment on draft documents, and has wasted millions of taxpayer dollars.