Coal Council Allowed to Close Meetings, Energy Department Says

Dec. 22, 2020, 5:09 PM

An association of community organizations can’t force a corporation formed to support the Department of Energy’s National Coal Council to open its meetings and allow public access to records, the department told a Montana federal court.

The National Coal Council Inc. is a nongovernmental, nonprofit corporation formed by private individuals, and therefore, the Federal Advisory Committee Act’s public-access requirements don’t apply, according to the motion to dismiss filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana.

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