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California, Other States Fight Federal Coal Leasing Review

June 11, 2019, 4:26 PM

Four attorneys general, including California’s Xavier Becerra (D), want the Bureau of Land Management to conduct a more intense environmental review of the agency’s decision to lift a moratorium on coal leasing on federal lands.

Attorneys general from New Mexico, New York, and Washington joined Becerra in saying a draft environmental assessment conducted in response to a federal judge’s ruling is substandard, too limited in scope, and ignores prior research, according to a comment letter filed June 10 about the review.

“We demand that BLM do their job and fully analyze the program’s environmental and public health impacts, ...

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