Court rules EPA leader must give deposition in coal case

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Posted: Nov 12, 2015 10:06 PM

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy must give a deposition in a lawsuit over the impact of regulations on jobs.

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey in Wheeling, West Virginia, wrote Thursday that there's no viable alternative to deposing McCarthy in top coal producer Murray Energy's lawsuit.

EPA spokeswoman Melissa J. Harrison said in an email late Thursday that the agency disagrees with the judge's decision. Harrison said the company has not shown that McCarthy "has unique knowledge essential to their case or that the information they seek is unavailable from other sources."

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.