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Judge Sets July Trial Date in Coal Case Against EPA Official


A federal judge has set a July trial date in a coal company’s lawsuit against the top U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official.


On Wednesday, Dec. 23, U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey in Wheeling ordered a July 19 trial date in the case brought by coal giant Murray Energy against EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

Bailey also moved back several deadlines at the request of both parties.


In the lawsuit, Murray asserts the EPA has shirked its obligation to conduct job-loss analyses on Clean Air Act regulations.


In this case, the agency says it has conducted continuing evaluations.