Murray Energy Corp. files suit against EPA

March 24, 2014

Murray Energy Corp. filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, for what it called “the EPA’s illegal promulgation of senseless and destructive regulations, with absolutely no regard for their job and family destruction.”

In a press release, Murray Energy said the lawsuit is based the EPA’s failure to adhere to a provision in the Clean Air Act that requires the agency to consider job losses and other ramifications of regulations.

“The Clean Air Act, as passed by Congress and signed into law, clearly requires that the EPA consider job losses in its issuance of regulations. It has never complied with this law,” Murray Energy said in its statement.

In its lawsuit, Murray Energy asks the court to force the EPA to; Immediately cease and desist from its “disastrous war on coal;” evaluate the nationwide job losses caused by this “war on Coal” and publicize the true costs of the failed environmental policies enacted by the Obama administration.

The press release states that at least 392 coal-fired electric power plants in America have been closed, or identified for closure, by the Obama EPA, in the near future. This is a loss of about 100,000 megawatts of lowest cost electric power available across the Country. Further, thousands of coal miners have been put out of work, the statement said.

“In filing this lawsuit against the Obama EPA, Murray Energy is fighting to protect these workers, who only want to earn a living in honor and dignity. The company also seeks to protect low cost electricity for all Americans, including those on fixed incomes and for American manufacturers of products which must compete in the global marketplace.”

“After the EPA completely failed to respond to our notice letter, we had no choice but to file this lawsuit,” said Gary M. Broadbent, assistant general counsel and media director for Murray Energy. “The Clean Air Act is crystal clear in requiring the EPA to evaluate the negative impact that their regulations will have on jobs, but they have repeatedly been derelict in their duty.”

Murray Energy is one of the largest employers in the U.S. coal industry, providing over 7,200 jobs and operating 13 active coal mines in six states.


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