The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee approved a resolution aimed at protecting mining jobs in the Commonwealth.

House Resolution 87 would reassert the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) role as the only agency with permitting authority regarding certain mining activities. The resolution is meant to thwart the federal government's overreach into a regulatory area that it had already agreed should be handled by the state, according to a statement released by the committee. It would urge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to stop interfering with DEP's permit review process regarding the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and abide by their 1991 agreement with then- Gov. Casey.