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Audit Report: OAS-L-06-16

August 4, 2006

The Department of Energy’s Interaction with the National Coal Council

The Secretary of Energy requested, in April 2005, that the National Coal Council conduct a study and prepare a report on the challenges and opportunities of more fully exploring the Nation's domestic coal resources. In his request, the Secretary stated that environmental challenges, such as zero emissions power generation technology and low impact coal mining technology, must be central to the analysis. In March 2006, the Council submitted its report on this subject to the Secretary.