Partnerships: Inter-Agency Cooperation
The Abandonedmines.gov web portal is a partnership that spans federal, state, and local efforts, dedicated to raising awareness about abandoned mine lands.
Federal Brownfields Partnership Mine-Scarred Lands Initiative
Federal Brownfields Partnership Mine-Scarred Lands (MSL) Initiative, of which BLM is a member, is an interagency effort established in 2003 to explore opportunities for multiple federal agencies to coordinate and collaborate with each other and with state partners and local mining communities on the cleanup and redevelopment of former mines.
The establishment of this interagency partnership was created in response to the passage of the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act (the Brownfields Law) in 2002, which provides new legal and financial tools for the cleanup and revitalization of mining properties. The law uses the term “mine-scarred lands” to describe mining-related brownfields properties.
The federal agencies that established the MSL Initiative include the Appalachian Regional Commission, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of the Interior’s BLM, Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance, and Office of Surface Mining, and the U.S. EPA Conflict Prevention and Resolution Center, Office of Brownfields Cleanup and Redevelopment, and Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation. Since its inception, new partnerships have developed with many other federal and state agencies, local governments, communities, and non-profit and private sector organizations. The MSL Initiative partners have been providing technical assistance to six demonstration projects since the Summer of 2004, and BLM has had a direct role with projects in San Juan County, Colorado and Beatty, Nevada.
Interstate Mining Compact Commission
The Interstate Mining Compact Commission is a multi-state governmental agency/organization that represents the natural resource interests of its member states.
National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs The National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs (NAAMLP) is an association of State and Tribal government agencies who have joined together to accomplish common goals and objectives related to the reclamation of abandoned mine lands.
Western Governors’ Association
Western Governors’ Association (WGA) serves the Governors of 19 States and three US-Flag Pacific Islands, and has been active in AML issues.