Don’t forget! Dept. of Interior Hearings on Federal Coal Program
We’re repeating last month’s note on the DOI Federal Coal Program hearings as there are still meetings being held in June.
As the next step in the Department of the Interior’s review of the federal coal program, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is holding a series of public meetings to solicit public input. These meetings will provide the public with opportunities to help the BLM identify and evaluate potential reforms to the federal coal program. This announcement follows the previous publication of a Notice of Intent to conduct a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) that began a formal, comprehensive review of the federal coal program. ...
Each public scoping meeting is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. local time in the following locations:
June 21, 2016 Sheraton Seattle Downtown
1400 6th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
June 23, 2016 Two Rivers Convention Center / Avalon Theater
159 Main St.
Grand Junction, CO 81501
June 28, 2016 Pittsburgh Convention Center
1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
The meetings in Seattle and Pittsburgh will be live-streamed at www.blm.gov/live, and all meetings will have a listen-only audio link via telephone. Those who attend the meetings in person and who wish to speak will be asked to sign-in. Speakers will be called upon on a first-come, first-served basis and will be accommodated to the fullest extent possible given the space and time available. Those interested in attending should check the BLM Coal PEIS website prior to the meeting for additional information.
Written comments may be submitted until July 23, 2016, using one of the following methods:
Coal Programmatic EIS Scoping
Bureau of Land Management
20 M St. SE, Room 2134 LM
Washington, D.C. 20003
The Interior Department will release an interim report on the PEIS by the end of 2016. The interim report will contain a summary of substantive comments received during the public scoping period and conclusions from the scoping process about potential planning alternatives results. The comprehensive review is expected to take approximately three years to complete.