Mining company says train charge proposals are unfair to miners
By Andrew J. Murphy, Daily News Services
A Canadian mining company announced last week that it plans to sue the United States government for $150 million after a Washington state court ruled that coal companies are under “undue influence” from mining companies.
The lawsuit is filed in the U.S. District Court of Washington Superior Court against President Obama, former Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, and the Department of the Interior, which is responsible for setting federal environmental standards for coal mining activities.
According to the lawsuit, the proposed measures “seek to discourage American consumers from mining American fossil fuels. That is the most unjustifiable and unfair aspect of current policies regarding coal,” said Mark Hiltzik, a spokesperson for the plaintiffs.
“These proposed federal laws would not only restrict future American investment in clean energy investments but could also potentially harm investment in coal-fi여주출장안마red power plants, which use a large percentage of the nation’s electricity.”
The suit was filed following the release of 모나코 카지노the U.S. Department of the Interior’s December 2011 draft environmental review of coal’s impact on environment and public health.
Under the proposed rule, states would now be required to set national standards for safety and environmental compliance, with many companies that export coal to other nations to be required to follow those same regulations.
In its statement, the company said that it had a long-standing relationship with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and that it has long believed th온라인 바카라at its investments in American coal should be supported as the nation seeks to become more energy independent.
In addition to the lawsuit, the coal company filed a proposed class action lawsuit in 2012. That lawsuit seeks $75 million for consumers that claim the proposed regulations unfairly disadvantage them.
The proposed rules also appear to conflict with the Clean Air Act of 1990. A group representing about 5 million coal miners and their families filed a federal lawsuit challenging the proposed regulations.
The coal company, Cascade Energy, is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for “overriding Congress’s intent to encourage private investment in clean energy and its intent to restrict coal exploration and development.”