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Federal carbon dioxide reductions spur lawsuit from Ohio coal company
Murray Energy call the new regulations destructive to the industry and the nation
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


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Ohio-based coal company, Murray Energy, is suing the Obama administration over new EPA rules the company says will kill more coal industry jobs. WKSU's Kevin Niedermier reports.  

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Murray Energy is targeting the administrations’ recent announcement that carbon dioxide emissions must be cut by 30 percent from 2005 levels by the year 2030. The new rules are an attempt to reduce global warming by cutting CO2 emissions from coal fired power plants.  In a written statement, Murray official Gary Broadbent calls the federal mandate illegal, irrational and destructive. In addition to costing millions of jobs, he predicts it will cripple the U.S. economy, and cause massive electrical blackouts. The U.S. EPA is not commenting on the suit.  Murray is one of the nation’s largest coal companies, employing more than 7,000 people in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, West Virginia, Illinois and Utah. Last month Murray sued the federal government over new regulations to cut the amount of coal dust in mines. The company says the regulations are too expensive to implement.

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