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.
Public scoping comments on the Coal PEIS submitted through September 15, 2016, are available here along with transcripts of six public meetings that the BLM hosted to solicit input on the program. In addition, video of the three meetings that were recorded are available here.
Comments submitted after Sept. 15, 2016, will be addressed to the extent practicable as the Coal PEIS is in development.
Mail: Coal Programmatic EIS Scoping
Bureau of Land Management
20 M St. SE, Room 2134 LM
Washington, D.C. 20003