On June 19, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit that would have required the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to prepare a new Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Federal Coal Management Program.

The Federal Coal Management Program addresses coal leasing on federal land. In 2014, environmental groups filed suit seeking to compel the BLM to update its programmatic EIS for the program.  The groups argue that BLM has not comprehensively reviewed the EIS in over 30 years, and express concerns about continued atmospheric warming. The District Court dismissed the lawsuit because the Secretary of Interior did not propose any new action with respect to the program.

Click here to review the U.S. Court of Appeals opinion on the case (No. 15-5294).