Federal Coal Leasing Program Reform – PEIS

Strip_coal_miningProgrammatic Environmental Impact Statement – Reform of Federal Coal Leasing Program

Comments were accepted: Through July 28, 2016.

Hearings: Six nationally, from May 17, 2016 to June 28, 2016.  In Seattle, June 21, 2016.   See info here.

EmailBLM_WO_Coal_Program_PEIS_Comments@blm.gov

Mail: Coal Programmatic EIS Scoping
Bureau of Land Management
20 M St. SE, Room 2134 LM
Washington, D.C. 20003 By email or mail.  Get

Summary 

Bureau of Land Management:

The Department of the Interior has launched a comprehensive review to identify and evaluate potential reforms to the federal coal program in order to ensure that it is properly structured to provide a fair return to taxpayers and reflect its impacts on the environment, while continuing to help meet our energy needs.

The review, in the form of a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS), will take a careful look at issues such as how, when, and where to lease; how to account for the environmental and public health impacts of federal coal production; and how to ensure American taxpayers are earning a fair return for the use of their public resources.

news release announcing a Notice of Intent (NOI) for the PEIS was issued on March 24, 2016.  The NOI can be viewed here.

news release announcing the proposed rule was distributed January 15, 2016. The BLM plans to publish a Notice of Intent to conduct the PEIS.

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