Murray Energy Corp. files suit against EPA

MURRAY ENERGY Corp. today announced that it has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for what the company calls the EPA’s “illegal promulgation of senseless and destructive regulations, with absolutely no regard for their job and family destruction.”

Murray filed its lawsuit today in U.S. District Court in Wheeling.

Murray, in its lawsuit, asks the court to force the EPA to comply with the following points:

— “Immediately cease and desist from its disastrous war on coal;”

— “Evaluate the nationwide job losses caused by this war on coal;”

— “Publicize the true costs of the failed environmental policies enacted by the Obama Administration.”

“Indeed, over the past several years, the Obama EPA has waged an all-out war on coal, promulgating a series of rules and regulations seeking to eliminate the United States coal industry, and the very good jobs, and low cost electricity, which it provides. Indeed, the lives and livelihoods of entire families in many regions of America are being destroyed. Further, there will be virtually no environmental benefit from these radical EPA regulations,” Murray officials said.

The company, which is the nation’s fifth-largest producer of coal, filed notice earlier this year of its intent to sue the EPA.

“After the EPA completely failed to respond to our notice letter, we had no choice but to file this lawsuit,” said Murray spokesman Gary M. Broadbent. “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.”