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Revitalization and Reuse

Redevelopment on Mine Sites

East Riverwalk Subdivision at the Midvale Slag site.

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As part of EPA's commitment to finding innovative and effective solutions to the potential threats abandoned mine lands pose to human health and the environment, significant attention is being focused on potential future uses of these lands, and the economic, environmental, and social impact that reuse can provide. EPA recognizes that supporting reuse may serve as a catalyst for expediting environmental risk reduction. EPA's Superfund Redevelopment Program page provides additional information.

Additionally, EPA has placed a national priority on showcasing opportunities for the development of renewable energy projects on contaminated lands, including renewable energy development on mine sites.

Stakeholder Involvement and Mine Reuse

Identification and Evaluation of Community Involvement Activities in Abandoned Mine Land Communities (21 pp, 492 KB)
This report identifies community involvement challenges that are typical to AML sites and to provide examples of how these challenges have been successfully addressed.

Mine-Scarred Lands Initiative Tool Kit (PDF) (31 pp, 469 K)
This resource shares what the Federal Brownfields Partnership Mine-Scarred Lands (MSL) Initiative partners have learned to date working with six Demonstration Projects across the country.

Meeting Community Needs, Protecting Human Health and the Environment: Active and Passive Recreational Opportunities at Abandoned Mine Lands (PDF) (13 pp, 1MB).

Mine Site Cleanup for Brownfields Redevelopment: A Three-part Primer (PDF) (89 pp, 2.6MB) Exit Disclaimer. US EPA, Brownfields and Land Revitalization Technology Support Center. EPA/542/R-05/030. November 2005.

Innovative Reuse at Mining Sites - Fact Sheets

Shining Light on a Bright Opportunity: Developing Solar Energy on Former Mine Lands (PDF) (27 pp, 3MB). December 2011.

A Breath of Fresh Air for America’s Abandoned Mine Lands: Alternative Energy Provides a Second Wind (PDF) (30 pp, 2MB). March 2012.

Carbon Sequestration: A Local Solution with Global Implications (PDF) (24 pp, 1.1MB). March 2012.

Land Conservation and Former Mine Land Resources, Planning for the Future (PDF) (13 pp, 1.6MB). July 2004.

Water Quality Credits at Former Mine Lands: Improving America's Water Resources, Reclaiming Lost Landscapes (PDF) (15 pp, 324K). July 2004.

Wetland Banking at Former Mine Lands: An Ecological Solution with Economic Benefits (PDF) (12 pp, 211K). July 2004.

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