Coal Co.'s Win Won't Diminish EPA's Regulatory Clout

By Keith Goldberg (October 18, 2016, 7:40 PM EDT) -- A recent ruling that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shirked its duty to evaluate the employment consequences of its air pollution regulations marked a rare court win for the beleaguered coal industry, but experts say the victory is more political than practical, since the EPA isn't required to alter its regulations based on its employment studies.

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey's decision Monday granting summary judgment to coal giant Murray Energy Corp. said the EPA hasn't complied with the Clean Air Act's requirement that the agency continuously monitor the impact of the agency's air regulations on employment.

The West Virginia-based...

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