WHEELING, W. Va. -- A group of nine states is showing its support for a lawsuit filed against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by one of the nation's largest coal companies.
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced on Friday that he has filed an amicus, or "friend of the court" brief, in support of Murray Energy's suit against the U.S. EPA. The filing states that the bipartisan group wants the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. to declare the recently announced carbon dioxide emission rules illegal.
St. Clairsville-based Murray Energy filed the lawsuit earlier this month. The company employs 7,200 people in Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Utah. It calls the EPA regulations illegal and argues they'll destroy jobs.
EPA rules announced this month seek to reduce global warming by forcing a 30 percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions from 2005 levels by 2030.