Biden Officials Propose No New Leases In Prolific Powder River Coal Basin

May 16, 2024
The Biden administration is proposing to issue no new coal mining leases in the country’s largest coal-producing region known as the Powder River Basin, a decision that comes after a years-long legal and administrative battle about the climate change implications of continuing to allow federal coal production. In a final National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review released May 16, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) selected a proposed alternative that would “make BLM-managed coal resources in the planning areas unavailable...

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