Revitalization and Reuse
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
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.The MSL Initiative Tool Kit is also available in PDF format (PDF) (31 pp, 469 K).
Mine Site Cleanup for Brownfields Redevelopment: A Three-part Primer (PDF) (89 pp, 2.6MB) . 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.
Carbon Sequestration: A Local Solution with Global Implications (PDF) (24 pp, 1.1MB). March 2012.
- Appendices (PDF) (13 pp, 806K).
Land Conservation and Former Mine Land Resources, Planning for the Future (PDF) (13 pp, 1.6MB). July 2004.
Wetland Banking at Former Mine Lands: An Ecological Solution with Economic Benefits (PDF) (12 pp, 211K). July 2004.