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Environmental Cleanup: Home

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About this guide

The U.S. government involves itself in environmental cleanup efforts under regulations defined by various acts and executive orders, such as CERCLA or Superfund, NEPA, and RCRA. The EPA has a useful list of many of these acts. Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS) are sites that contain environmental hazards caused by activities of the U.S. Military. Brownfields are sites that contain pollutants. Defense Environmental Restoration Program Sites, or Superfund sites, contain such large amounts of pollutants that they pose a serious threat to the environment and human health.

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Abandoned Gold Mine


Photo of Abandoned Gold Mine

Slide No. 412-DA-1421; Photographer Bill Gillette; "Barren land remained after a gold mill was abandoned in the 1930s. The land is so saturated with acid that no vegetation can survive." (Cripple Creek, Colorado); June 1972; DOCUMERICA: The Environmental Protection Agency's Program to Photographically Document Subjects of Environmental Concern, 1972 - 1977; Record Group 412; National Archives at College Park, College Park, MD. [Online version (543914) National Archives and Records Administration, August 18, 2020.]

General Resources

Environmental Documents

Environmental Documents

Examples of environmental documents. Photo courtesy of Boise Public Library. August 17, 2020.

Draft southeastern Oregon resource management plan, environmental impact statement. microfiche. U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Vale District Office, 1998.

Revised scoping report : Boardman to Hemingway 500kV Transmission Line Project environmental impact statement. book and CD-ROM. CD-ROM. prepared by Logan Simpson Design Inc. for the Bureau of Land Management. Vale, Oregon: B2H Project, 2011.

Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers : management plan and environmental assessment. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Washington Office, 2000. Volume 4.

Environmental assessment: integrated natural resources management plan : for facilities in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon (USFWS Region 1) effective dates 2015-2020. prepared by HydroGeoLogic, Inc. for: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District and 88th Regional Support Command. Reston, Virginia: HydroGeoLogic, Inc, 2015.

Final uniform federal policy quality assurance project plan (UFP-QAPP), remedial investigation (RI) Boise Arm

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