Abandoned Mine Hazard Mitigation


To mitigate mine hazards on park lands or effectively nearby state, federal or local land. An estimated 3,100 AML sites with 8,400 individual features exist in 127 units of the National Park System. AML features include deep underground mine openings, surface mine pits, and unplugged orphaned oil and gas wells. AML sites often pose severe human safety hazards, environmental contamination, and usually have disturbances to land, vegetation and related ecosystems. AML sites often provide critical habitat for protected and/or sensitive wildlife species such as bats and desert tortoise. Many AML sites are protected cultural sites. The AML Program mitigates AML sites throughout the national park system. Mitigation can involve: "bate gate" installation, plugging mine openings with polyurethane foam and earthen backfill, and site restoration through reshaping the land surface and planting native vegetation.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 02/05/2016 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: National Park Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants); Direct Payments for Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5; Conservation, 16 U.S.C 1g; Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008, Title III, Section 301, Public Law 110-229, 122 Stat.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Natural Resources (mineral, water, wildlife, land).
Beneficiary Eligibility
Public nonprofit, institution/organization, Other public institution/organization, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal, Governments, U.S. Territories, Individual/Family, Minority group, Specialized group (e.g. health professionals, students, veterans), Small business, Profit organization, Private nonprofit institution/organization, Quasi-public nonprofit organization, Other private institution/organization, Anyone/general public, Native American Organizations, Health Professional, Education Professional, Student/Trainee, Graduate Student, Scientist/Researchers.
Examples of prior work in technical area of mine mitigation in natural areas or specific resource expertise to develop mitigation plans. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. A completed SF 424 Application for Federal Assistance and other material are required by the Funding Opportunity Announcement - these will be announced upon funding availability and project needs. The standard application forms required by 43 CFR Part 12, Subparts C and F, must be used. Applications will be made available on www.grants.gov.
Award Procedure
Timely submissions will be reviewed in relationship to the evaluation criteria specified in the opportunity announcement. Awards will be made in the form of a cooperative agreement.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days. Deadlines will be posted in specific Funding Opportunity Announcements on Grants.gov.
Not Applicable.
As allowed in 43 CFR Part 12 Department of Interior Regulations for Financial Assistance.
How are proposals selected?
For ARRA funded projects, the evaluation criteria also address the following priorities established for Title IV: (a) Programs, projects, or activities that can be obligated and executed quickly; (b) Programs, projects, or activities that will result in high, immediate employment; (c) Programs, projects, or activities that have little schedule risk; (d) Programs, projects, or activities that will be executed by contract or direct hire of temporary labor; and (e) Programs, projects, or activities that will complete either a project phase, a project, or will provide a useful service that does not require additional funding. In addition, the project will meet the guidelines established by the NPS AML program. These guidelines are available at Handbook for Remediation of Abandoned Mineral Lands. The proposed cost estimates for the mine mitigation under the abandoned mine land assistance should appear reasonable and necessary for the proposed work. The proposal must be received by NPS by the announced deadline. The proposed agreement for mitigation of abandoned mine lands should be a technically well planned proposal and the proposed work likely to achieve a quality mitigation procedure in order to receive the assistance.
How may assistance be used?
For ARRA funded projects the requirements of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will be followed and incorporated, as necessary, within the opportunity announcement and agreement documents. Applicant entity must have expertise in hazard mine mitigation in natural areas or research support for remediation plan development.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Financial reports SF-425 will be required in conjunction with requests for Reimbursement SF-270. The requirements for interim and final reports will be specified in the agreement. Recipients of ARRA funded agreements will be required to report the performance progress on a quarterly basis within ten (10) calendar days of the end of the quarter. Current user registration and instructions is provided at Recovery.gov. Recipients are required to report data directly into www.FederalReporting.gov. If sub-recipients are in receipt of these funds, additional information will be required by the recipient to report the data in www.FederalReporting.gov regarding the sub-recipient. These reports will be made publicly available.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Recipients will maintain records in accordance with the provisions of 43 CFR Part 12 and 2 CFR Part 176 for ARRA funded projects.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance is provided on a project basis. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Reimbursable basis as costs are incurred.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None. Dave Steensen, Geologic Resource Division, National Park Service, Denver Colorado.
Headquarters Office
Dave Steensen, National Park Service, Geologic Resource Division, Abandoned Mine Land Program, National Resource Program Center, P.O. Box 25287, Denver, Colorado 80225-0287 Email: Dave_Steensen@nps.gov Phone: (303) 969-2014.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-1401-1-1-303 - TAS 1409/101041.
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 12 $50,000; FY 13 est $50,000; and FY 14 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
RangeNo data reported
AverageNo data reported.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Department of the Interior regulations regarding financial assistance is 43 CFR Part 12.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2012: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2013: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2014: No current data available.


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