also has the experience of working with states to develop modern protocols and standards for geological mapping at a national scale through its coordinating role in the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program. The USGS should be funded to work with states, the coal industry, and other federal agencies to quantify and characterize the nation’s coal reserves. Recognizing the urgency of this requirement, the committee stipulated that this comprehensive accounting should be completed within 10 years, although it accepts that the exact time frame may be shortened by the lead agency on approval of the project. The committee estimates that this will require additional funding of approximately $10 million per year.

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