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Development of Mineral Environmental Assessment Methodologies
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Mineral Environmental Assessment at Regional Scale

Task Objectives

The Mineral Resources Program has successfully completed, and continues to implement, various mineral-environmental assessments at the site, watershed and regional scale. These assessments have been able to collect extensive new geoenvironmental data for the areas in question. However, further method development is needed to conduct a national-scale Mineral Environmental Assessment (MEA) that optimally integrates information developed in a Quantitative Mineral Resource Assessment (QMRA) and that, because of the scale and expense involved, cannot be heavily based on newly collected geoenvironmental data.

In order to establish the best methodologies for the national MEA, it is advantageous to carry out a prototype MEA of a large region of the U.S. for which a quantitative mineral resource assessment has been completed. The prototype assessment would ideally be done within a 2-year framework, so that lessons learned from its implementation can be integrated into the planning process for the formal national QMRA-MEA to be started in Fiscal Year 2013.

The primary objective of this task will be to plan and implement a prototype qualitative mineral environmental assessment (MEA) on a selected large region of the Nation for which a quantitative mineral resource assessment (QMRA) has been completed. This GIS-based prototype assessment will:

Subtasks to accomplish these objectives are:

Statement of Work





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