Bob Murray, the board chairman of Murray Power, the most important privately owned — and bankrupt — US coal operator, died on Sunday at age 80. He had introduced his retirement lower than every week earlier than.

Though no explanation for demise was formally given, Murray filed for black lung advantages — which he spent most of his profession combating — on October 1, as Electrek reported. Within the black lung declare, Murray said he was closely depending on oxygen and was “close to demise,” Associated Press reported.

But Murray additionally claimed of his illness:

It’s idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, IPF. And it’s not associated to my work within the trade.

Murray Power’s chapter was a drain on the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund. As of November, Murray Power had solely contributed $1.1 million of the $155 million it owed to the fund.

As CEO of Murray Power, he routinely opposed any kind of regulation of the coal trade. As Electrek reported:

Notably he presided over the Crandall Canyon Mine collapse, by which six staff and three emergency staff died, leading to one of many largest fines ever levied by the US authorities in opposition to a coal mine attributable to Murray’s failures that led to the tragedy.

He despatched Donald Trump a four-page “motion plan” calling for environmental and mine security regulation rollbacks. Murray was granted round half the objects on his motion plan, together with revoking the Clean Power Plan and withdrawal from the Paris Settlement.

So at the same time as coal is in demise, Murray left a legacy of harm to the atmosphere.

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