Abstract Book, U.S. Department of the Interior Conference on the Environment and Safety, April 24-28, 1995. Washington, DC: U.S. Bureau of Mines, 1995 Apr; :46
The USBM has conducted numerous AML inventories for other Federal agencies. As such, the USBM has developed and evaluated several methodologies for conducting inventories. Prioritization and ranking of mine sites for physical and environmental hazards are performed after field assessments and analytical sample data are evaluated. Based on results from eleven different AML inventories, the USBM has developed predictive methodologies for preliminary assessments of the extent of AML problems for a given area, the relative amount of hazardous sites by ranking criteria, and empirical formulas for predicting costs and time for AML inventory plans. Lessons learned from these efforts have also allowed the USBM to identify fundamental elements and issues which should be considered before inventory efforts are conducted. Elements and issues such as driving forces, what is inventoried, inventory forms, samp1ing protocols, data bases, jurisdictional administration, coordination and partnerships, prioritization and ranking standards, cost-benefit considerations, and risk assessments should be included in the process.