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Lava Cap Mine (CA)

Construction activities at Lava Cap Mine.

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This page contains EPA policy and guidance documents that have direct applications to the assessment and remediation of abandoned mine lands. These policies and guidance documents must be taken in the context of the National Contingency Plan Overview (NCP), which is the overarching planning document governing Superfund actions. All policies and guidance documents are official Agency documents that reflect Agency approaches at the time of their issuance.


Policy on Joint Repositories at Mixed-Ownership Hardrock Mine Sites (PDF) (7 pp, 381K). April 2005.

Final Policy on Listing Mixed Ownership Mine or Mill Sites Created as a Result of the General Mining Law of 1872 on the Federal Agency Hazardous Waste Compliance Docket (PDF) (4 pp, 281K). June 2003.

EPA's National Hardrock Mining Framework (PDF) (14 pp, 57K) September 1997

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Guidance Documents:

EPA. Interim Guiding Principles for Good Samaritan Projects at Orphan Mine Sites and Transmittal of CERCLA Administrative Tools for Good Samaritans (PDF) (24 pp, 163K). Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, Office of Water and Office of General Counsel. June 2007.

EPA. Guidance --Potential for Radiation Contamination Associated With Mineral and Resource Extraction Industries (PDF) (19 pp, 148K). Office of Air and Radiation. April 2003.

EPA. Abandoned Mine Land Site Characterization and Cleanup Handbook (PDF) (129 pp, 1.7MB). EPA/910-B-00-001. August 2000.

EPA. Publications on Mining Waste Management in Indian Country (PDF) (16 pp, 649K). Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. EPA/530-B-99-006. July 1999.

EPA. Technical Approaches to Characterizing and Cleaning Up Iron and Steel Mill Sites Under the Brownfields Initiative. EPA/625-R-98/007. November 1998.

EPA. Identification and Description of Mineral Processing Sectors and Waste Streams. Office of Solid Waste. December 1995.

EPA. Profile of the Metal Mining Industry (PDF) (137 pp, 1.2MB). Office of Compliance and Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. EPA/310-R-95-008. September 1995.



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