The next step is underway in the United States Department of Interior’s review of the federal coal program. The goal is to evaluate and identify changes to the program that would help to ensure a fair return to the tax payer but also takes into account the impacts that coal is having on the environment. According to Bureau of Land Management director Neil Kornze it is the responsibility of all Americans and future generations to make sure that coal resources are managed in a responsible way. Kornze also said that coal will continue to be an important energy source in the years ahead, and that the review will take into consideration the importance of maintaining reliable and affordable energy for use in the United States. A series of six public meetings across the country are being planned to allow the public to comment and receive information on the review process. One will take place in Grand Junction at a yet undertermined date.