Murray Energy Sues Enviornmental Protection Agency

Posted on:

< < Back to

An Ohio-based coal operator is suing the head of the Environmental Protection Agency over the agency's administration and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.

Murray Energy alleges in its lawsuit that EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has failed to comply with the law's requirement to evaluate the potential impact of the agency's regulatory actions on employment.

Murray Energy and several subsidiaries filed the lawsuit on Monday in U.S. District Court in Wheeling.

The lawsuit asks the court to order McCarthy to evaluate whether the EPA's regulatory actions have resulted in coal industry job losses or employment shifts over the past six years. It also seeks an injunction barring the EPA from approving further regulations affecting coal employment until the evaluation is completed.

The EPA didn't immediately comment on the lawsuit Tuesday.