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October 28, 2009 - The BLM announces the 2009 winners of the Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards.  The inaugural Fix A Shaft Today! (FAST!) program award was presented to Nevada Operating Engineers Union Joint Apprenticeship Committee for Northern Nevada  and the California Department of Conservation Abandoned Mine Lands Unit.  For more information on the award winners click here.


April 21, 2008 - The BLM and Partners Recognized by Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne for two Cooperative Conservation Abandoned Mine Lands Projects in Colorado. Representatives of the Animas River Stakeholders Group (below top) and the Milsap Mill Tailings (below bottom) partners are acknowledged by Secretary Kempthorne.

July 8, 2008 - The BLM launches the Fix A Shaft Today! (FAST!) program in Boulder City, NV.  For more information about the FAST! program click here.

July 3, 2008 -- New AML Web Portal Launched.  The BLM, along with partnering Federal and State agencies, today launched a new web portal designed to provide a broad overview of abandoned mine lands, their impacts, and what is being done to address them.  Visit

January 20, 2008   PHOENIX 19-year-old man is dead after falling into an abandoned mine shaft.It happened just north of the Valley around midnight near 24th Street and Joy Ranch Road. According to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, a group riding quads in the area ran into trouble when a 19-year old fell into a 35-foot shaft. His death marks the second deadly accident at an abandoned mine shaft in Arizona in the past year. Source:


BLM and Forest Service release report Abandoned Mine Lands: A Decade of Progress Reclaiming Hardrock Mines (PDF)

Abandoned mines a 'death trap,' Az inspector says (September 5, 2007)

EPA announces additional "Good Samaritan" AML Cleanup Initiatives

BLM and National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs enter into partnership agreement

Watch a car being rescued from an abandoned mine (May 2007, warning large wmv file, 60.3 Mb)

The California BLM Abandoned Mine Lands Team awarded the 2006 Department of the Interior Environmental Achievement Awards (April 19, 2007)

Abandoned Mine Lands Program Policy Handbook (PDF) now available (April 23, 2007)

NewsBytes: Beware Hidden Mineshafts! (February 6, 2007)


EPA Hard Rock Conference 2006 (November 14 – 16, 2006)

Recipients of the 2006 Department of Interior (DOI) Environmental Achievement Awards (October 2, 2006)

Public Safety Prompts BLM to Demolish American Flat Mill (September 8, 2006)

September 2006 Conference of the National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs (September 24 – 27, 2006)

Abandoned Mine Safety (August 30, 2006)

Abandoned Mine Reclamation Work is Waiting for Legislation to Catch up with History (August 29, 2006)

Shoe Basin mine cleanup in progress (August 2, 2006)

2 Killed By Fumes In Abandoned El Dorado Mine (July 27, 2006)

Yes, Virginia, There is a Mine Inspector (July 26, 2006)