Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement on Federal Coal Program
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.
A news release announcing a Notice of Intent (NOI) for the PEIS was issued on March 24, 2016. The NOI can be viewed here.
A news release announcing the Secretarial Order was distributed January 15, 2016. The BLM plans to publish a Notice of Intent to conduct the PEIS.
Related Documents: Secretarial Order | Fact Sheet | Questions and Answers | Coal PEIS Scoping Meeting Presentation | Pending Leases
Additional information on the federal coal program can be found here.
The BLM hosted the following six public scoping meetings to solicit public input on the Federal Coal Program PEIS.
Written comments may be submitted until July 28, 2016, using one of the following methods. Comments received after July 28, 2016* will be considered by the BLM and included in the scoping report to the extent practicable:
Mail: Coal Programmatic EIS Scoping
Bureau of Land Management
20 M St. SE, Room 2134 LM
Washington, D.C. 20003