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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.  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

 BLM Coal PEIS Public Scoping Meetings

 Location Date Address Doors open for speaker registration Livestream at
 Casper, WY

 May 17, 2016

 Casper Events Center
 One Events Dr.
 Casper, WY 82602
 8:30 AM | Agenda Yes
 Salt Lake City, UT May 19, 2016 Salt Palace Convention Center   
 90 South West Temple
 Salt Lake City, UT 84101
 8:00 AM | Agenda

 No (audio only) 
 Phone Number: 888-989-5165
 Passcode: 1924798

 Knoxville, TN May 26, 2016 Tennessee Theatre
 604 South Gay St.
 Knoxville, TN 37902
 8:00 AM | Agenda

 No (audio only)
 Phone Number: 888-989-5165
 Passcode: 1924798

 Seattle, WA June 21, 2016 Sheraton Seattle Downtown
 1400 6th Ave.
 Seattle, WA 98101
 8:00 AM | Agenda Yes
 Grand Junction, CO June 23, 2016

 Avalon Theatre 
 645 Main St.
 Grand Junction, CO 81501

 8:00 AM | Agenda No (audio only)
 Phone Number: 888-989-5165
 Passcode: 1924798
 Pittsburgh, PA June 28, 2016 Pittsburgh Convention Center
 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd.
 Pittsburgh, PA 15222
 11:00 AM | Agenda Yes