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Miles City Field Office RMP Supplemental EIS/Plan Amendment
Miles City Field Office intends to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and potential amendment for the 2015 Miles City Field Office Approved Resource Management Plan (RMP).  The Supplemental EIS is in response to a United States District Court, District of Montana, opinion and order (Western Organization of Resource Councils, et al vs BLM). The scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues presented in the opinion and order is anticipated to begin on November 28th, ending December 28th. See Documents and Reports tab to the left for the published Notice of Intent (NOI). 

On March 26, 2018, the US District Court concluded:  (1) NEPA requires the BLM to consider an alternative that would decrease the amount of coal potentially available for leasing, which requires conducting new coal screening that considers climate change impacts to assess the amount of recoverable coal available in the Approved RMP, (2) The BLM must supplement the Miles City Final EIS with an analysis of the environmental consequences of downstream combustion of coal, oil, and gas open to development under the Approved RMP; and (3) The BLM must provide additional justification and analysis of global warming potential over an appropriate planning period consistent with evolving science.

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