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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.

Visit our e-planning site to view public scoping comments on the Coal PEIS submitted through September 15, 2016, along with transcripts of six public meetings that the BLM hosted to solicit input on the PEIS. Watch videos of the three meetings that were recorded here or on @BLMNational YouTube.

Casper, Wyoming

Casper, Wyoming (May 17, 2016)

Watch the first video from Casper, Wyoming on May 17, 2016.

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Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington (June 21, 2016)

Watch the first video from Seattle, Washington on June 21, 2016.

Watch the second video from Seattle, Washington on June 21, 2016.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (June 28, 2016)

Watch the video from Pittsburgh, Pennsylviania on June 28, 2016.