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Murray Energy filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency on June 18 to challenge the agency’s “promulgation of illegal, irrational and destructive cap-and-tax regulations for existing coal-fired power plants.”

Murray Energy is one of the largest employers in the U.S. coal industry, providing more than 7,200 jobs and operating 13 active coal mines in six states. in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the suit requests that the Court issue a writ to prevent the EPA from implementing the “disastrous” carbon-cutting rule. In the news release, Murray claimed that the regulations will destroy jobs and hurt the American economy.

“This is clearly an illegal attempt by the Obama EPA to impose irrational and destructive cap-and-tax mandates, which Congress and the American people have consistently rejected,” Gary M. Broadbent, assistant general counsel and media director for Murray Energy, said in a statement. “These proposed rules will cause immediate and irreparable harm to Americans, including our citizens on fixed incomes and our manufacturers of products that compete in the global marketplace.”

Murray also stated that at least 421 coal-fired electric power plants in American have been closed, identified for closure, or switched to a different fuel source “because of the Obama EPA.”

“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,” the release said. “Indeed, the lives and livelihoods of entire families in many regions of America are being destroyed.”

This lawsuit follows a similar one Murray filed against the EPA in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia in March, which came shortly after a January notification of the company’s intent to sue.