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Mine-Scarred Lands (MSL) Initiative Tool Kit

The MSL Initiative partners collaborated on both hard rock and coal former mining sites.

The MSL Initiative partners collaborated on both hard rock and coal former mining sites.

The Mine-Scarred Lands (MSL) Initiative is an effort to improve coordination and collaboration among federal agencies on the cleanup and redevelopment of both hard rock and coal mine-scarred lands. The MSL Initiative has partnered with six communities on demonstration projects. The purpose of this tool kit is to help other communities cleanup and revitalize former mines by sharing models from the six projects and links to a range of resources.

Although the projects have not completed their cleanup and revitalization work, their experiences to date have provided information which might be useful to other mining communities. Learn more about the MSL Initiative and Demonstration Projects.

Phases of Revitalization Projects

The MSL Initiative Partners have been working on mine cleanup and reuse projects for decades, and their experience shows that there is no set strategy for mine revitalization. This Web site follows the general phases through which many mine-scarred land projects progress. A PDF version of the tool kit is available (PDF) (31 pp, 469 K, About PDF); the PDF version is an easy-to-print version of the same content found in the online tool kit.

Creating a Vision for Revitalization
Describes the types of information used and the stakeholders involved in assessing revitalization opportunities.

Building Project Teams
Describes how project leaders developed core project teams, identified partners and stakeholders, and involved community residents.

Obtaining External Support
Describes how project teams utilized subject matter experts and planning specialists.

Developing a Revitalization Plan
Describes how the project partners determined reuse goals and developed project plans.

Overall Revitalization Considerations

Technical Considerations
Provides an overview on technical issues and associated research resources, and describes how to obtain information on water quality treatment alternatives.

Legal Considerations
Provides an overview of the legal framework for mine cleanup and reuse and describes ways to address liability issues and work with private or public land owners.

Funding Revitalization Projects
Describes how to identify and apply for funding and technical assistance resources and provides an overview of federal, state, tax incentive, private sector and non-profit resources.


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