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Request for Proposals 2004

Note: EPA no longer updates this information, but it may be useful as a reference or resource.


The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is engaged in an initiative, known as the Mine Waste Technology Program, which is funded by the U. S. Congress to provide engineering solutions to national environmental issues resulting from the past practices of mining and smelting of metallic ores. An Interagency Agreement between the U.S. EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), exists to carry out this effort.


In order to carry out the above mission, the MWTP develops and conducts a program that emphasizes technology development, testing and evaluation through pilot- scale field demonstrations. In addition, the program emphasizes basic research, training, technology transfer, the involvement of stakeholders, and strong networking. Interaction has been established with EPA’s regional programs and other site specific needs dealing with mine waste issues. In addition, efforts may involve close action with other governmental agencies, private sector and academia.


The U. S. EPA has the ultimate responsibility of selecting the technologies within the program, but works closely with a Technical Integrated Committee (TIC) for these selections. In addition, EPA assigns a technical Project Manager to oversee each technology that is selected and is technically responsible for directing the activity with the contractor assigned to the project. The DOE currently contracts with MSE Technology Applications, Inc. for field application technologies.

Historically, MSE Technology Applications has borne the responsibility for implementing most of the selected technologies, the developer does not normally implement or carry out the project. In some cases the developer is in close association, and does participate to a degree. In other cases, MSE subcontracts for carrying out work activities, but remains involved.

Call for Proposals 2004 -Technologies of Interest:

The MWTP is requesting proposals for Technology Demonstrations for fiscal year 2004 funding, with special emphasis to support the needs of the EPA National Mining Team which supports the needs in the industry. The following is a list of priorities for the EPA National Mining Team and EPA’s National Risk Management Research Laboratory:

Specific Instructions:

Eligibility - This solicitation is open to all proposers. Successful proposals will be implemented by MSE with subcontracted support from private industry and academic institutions, as appropriate. Collaboration with government agencies (federal, state, or local, or Indian Tribe) is encouraged. Support from a specific government agency will improve chances of success by illustrating a government need for the technology being demonstrated and the mine waste issue being addressed.

All technologies must BE READY FOR AND NEED Demonstration. The goal is to evaluate the effectiveness of the technology for the specific application, not to develop the technology nor to apply the technology to remediate a site. If the technology is applicable to remediate a site, those terms need to be negotiated between the appropriate parties.

All technologies must be applicable to environmental problems associated with abandoned ore mine , but the demonstration need not take place at an abandoned site.

Process-Proposals are preliminarily reviewed by EPA. All proposals meeting the applicable criteria are forwarded for consideration to the Technical Integration Committee (TIC). The TIC provides independent critiques of the proposals and ranks them in accordance to fulfilling the Selection Criteria. EPA will then consider all comments and rankings and will ultimately decide upon the proposals to be funded in correlation to funding availability.

Selection Criteria:

The following selection criteria will be used by EPA and the TIC to evaluate each of the proposals. All entries are advised to give careful consideration to these criteria when preparing their proposals. Failure to adequately address any of the criteria may be cause for rejecting the proposal during the first preliminarily review. Proposers are required to document claims (e.g., list technical results, cite literature, provide specific data, and or provide information on any field demonstration, rather than rely solely on general statements).

  1. Technical Description of the Treatment Technology and Importance to Mine Wastes
  2. Summary of Data and Results to Date
  3. Description of the Proposed Development Project Plan
  4. Value of the Technology for Mine Waste Issues
  5. Company and Personnel Background and Experience
  6. Estimated Resources (Funding) Needed for the Proposed Project (Including Proposer's Share)
  7. Proposal should be no longer than 6 pages

Explanation of Selection Criteria:

1. Technical Description of the Treatment Technology and Importance to Mine Wastes:

Describe and discuss the technical principles which form the basis for the treatment technology; indicate types of mine wastes that can be treated; indicate waste media such as water, sediment, effluent, soil and or rock material. Describe whether it is applicable only to mine waste problems. Describe any residual, waste, or by-product that may be generated, as well as required pre-or post-treatment and/ or ultimate disposal options. Describe how the technology can be applied to abandoned or active mine sites.

2. Summary of Data and Results to Date:

Provide and discuss previous test experience, data, and results, including information on current research being conducted. Include data summaries or tables where possible and identify technical papers written. Indicate the level of success that has been achieved and QA/QC parameters used to ensure credibility of data results. It is important to document that the treatment technology has been tested at the laboratory-scale and that the results justify pilot-scale testing of the technology. Quality assurance and quality control activities are an important way to present this justification.

3. Description of the Proposed Development Project Plan:

Describe and discuss the proposed project in regard to:

  1. Objectives and end point (goal) of this development project;
  2. Type of testing and evaluation to be conducted:
  3. Characterization and handling of mine waste control process train residues, by-products, or wastes; (if applicable)
  4. Operations;
  5. Probable raw materials required and materials remaining after treatment;
  6. Logistical and facility requirements
  7. Probable permits required;
  8. Proposed project duration (1 or 2 years, etc.) and schedule.

4. Value of the Technology for Mine Waste Issues:

Provide a short description explaining the potential value of the treatment technology to the Mine Waste Technology Program and why this technology should be of interest. Be as specific as possible. Refer to the list of priorities in Section D of this solicitation. Technologies which are not relevant to mine waste issues or problems will not be considered for funding. Higher priority will be given to those proposals providing site availability.

5. Company and Personnel Background and Experience:

Present relevant project-related work experience of key personnel for the proposed project, if applicable. Describe and discuss the extent to which the key personnel has experience and include specific involvement or time to the proposed project.

6. Estimated Resources (Funding) Needed for the Proposed Project (Including Proposer's Share):

Provide estimated costs for the project including equipment to be purchased, operations and maintenance of technology, labor, travel, sampling and analysis. Categorize the budget into year one, year two, etc. and total. Indicate the amount to be contributed (if any or in kind services if needed) per year. Profit by the proposer is not allowed within this work effort.

Keep in mind that most or all the implementation and evaluation of technologies is done by MSE.

7. Proposal should be no longer than 6 pages:

The proposal should cover the above topics, and needs to be concise under each criteria. The proposal needs to be 6 pages or less, which would include any appendices, tables, figures, and or diagrams.

Debriefings, Acknowledgment of Proposal Receipt:

Due to the number of proposals and subsequent competitive proposals expected, it will not be possible to either acknowledge receipt of materials or offer extensive debriefings to unsuccessful proposers. However, all proposers will be advised at the earliest possible date regarding their selection or not-selection into the MWTP’s 2004 solicitation.

All Proposals Must be Sent to:

Diana Bless,
National Risk Management Research Laboratory,
26 W. Martin L. King Dr.,
Cincinnati, OH 45268
Phone: (513) 569-7674
Fax: (513) 569-7471
Email: bless.diana@epa.gov

Schedule for Proposal Requests:

July 13, 2004 Solicitation Date
September 14, 2004 Proposals Due
October 5, 2004 Review by TIC Committee
October 19, 2004 Selection of Proposals

November 8, 2004

Notification of Selection


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