The Sierra Fund created this document to summarize the key issues that confront local government officials with legacy mining in their jurisdiction, and provides an outline for how to meet the ongoing challenges they face.
Click here to view the 20-page handbook.
Many local governments own property, or may consider acquiring land contaminated with legacy mine wastes and physical hazards, making local governments responsible for potential exposures or accidents. Local officials must recognize and address legacy mine waste or physical hazards within a community to protect the public and the environment.
The Sierra Fund’s AML Property Assessment is an example of a potential property purchase by a local government that includes a legacy mine.