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EPA appeals court order to tally coal job losses attributable to regulations

The U.S. EPA has appealed an October ruling ordering it to craft a plan and schedule to comply with rules that require a tally of effects of its regulations on the U.S. coal industry.

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia sided with Murray Energy Corp. in the Oct. 17 ruling, which came in response to a lawsuit from Murray alleging the EPA failed to comply with a mandatory duty to evaluate harm the agency's regulations "exact on the American workforce."

A district judge ordered the EPA to calculate coal job losses associated with its Clean Air Act regulations. The EPA said it would take years to comply, so Murray asked the judge to order the EPA cease publication of any new proposed and final rules affecting coal until it was completed.

The EPA filed its appeal of the ruling on Dec. 16.

Environmental organizations in West Virginia, worried that the EPA under President-elect Donald Trump will no longer protect their interests, filed a motion Dec. 14 seeking to intervene in the court battle.