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Murray Energy fights U.S. EPA objection

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Mining company again takes issue with environmental watchdog


BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio -- Murray Energy and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency have sided against the federal government in challenging objections leveled by the country's environmental watchdog.
The Belmont County-based coal company recently submitted a plan to discharge stormwater from the Century Mine into a Belmont County stream. Murray Energy and the Ohio EPA agree that the plan, which does not involve coal slurry, is a safe and common practice.
However, federal regulators with the U.S. EPA claim that it does not meet the requirements of the Clean Water Act.
Robert Murray, founder and CEO of St. Clairsville-based Murray Energy, has long been an outspoken opponent of what he considers burdensome federal regulations. A Murray Energy spokesman said that the U.S. EPA's objections could place "jobs at stake for Belmont County and southeast Ohio."
A Nov. 8 letter from the federal organization to the state agency indicates the U.S. EPA does not believe Murray has met the requirements. However, the letter does not highlight specific objections, only stating that federal regulators reserve the right to specify these by Jan. 5.

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