“The Clean Air Act is clear requiring the EPA to evaluate the negative impact regulations have on jobs, but they have been derelict,” said Assistant General Counsel Gary Broadbent. “The actions of the Obama EPA are a human issue — we had no choice;” the suit was filed in Northern West Virginia U.S. District Court.

Moreover, 392 American coal-fired power plants have been closed or slated for closure to date, creating unemployment across the country, he added. Closures, according to Murray Energy officials, also encompass 100,000 megawatts (Mw) in low-cost energy losses.