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The purpose of this inter agency Agreement between OSMRE and NPS is to establish a mutually agreeaole working arrangement whereby OSMRE will expend, subject to congressional appropriations, up to $1,000,000 over the next five years fro.. funds available to the Secretary of the Interior under section 402 (9) (3) of SMCRA, to abate dangers to the public health, safety, and general welfare resulting from past mining practices on lands within the boundaries of units of the National Park System. All expenditures made and actions taken under this Interagency Agreement shall be consistent with the preservation of the natural, scenic, and cultural values of the National Park System and section 403 of SMCRA.
II. Scope of Reclamation
Projects eligible for funding under this Interagency Agreement are those that address past pining practices on lands within the boundaries of the New River Gorge National River , Big South Fork National Recreation Area, and Friendship Hill National Historic site, and which represent either an extreme dange: (priority one) or danger (priority two) to the public health, safety or general welfare as set forth in section 403 of SMC RA, 30 U.S.C 1233. Projects will be conducted by OSMRE with the concurrence and technical assistance of NPS.
The NPS agrees that it will be responsible for:
left abandoned or inadequately reclaimed prior to
impacts on park values and purposes : b) Identifying priority one and two projects within the
specified units of the National Park System with OSMRE assistance and canking those projects;
Coordinating compliance with Sections 106 and 110 of
Responsibilities of OSMRE
Park Service meet SMCRA criteria for eligibility and
recognized expertise ;
projects, after consultation and concurrence by NPS: Providing up to $1,000,000 of financial support for
selected projects over the next five years; e) Developing and furnishing to NPS semiannual progress
reports on all on-going reclamation projects undertaken pursuant to this Interagency Agreement;
Identifying and coordinating with NPS citizen
Each agency will provide to the other prior to public release copies of all press releases or other reports or letters concerning this Interagency Agreement or the execution of reclamation projects to be undertaken. Joint coordination shall be acknowledged in all printed material. Release of information to the public regarding projects implemented under this Interagency Agreement will be by mutual agreement of OSMRE and NPS.
Once a year the Deputy Directors of OSMRE and NPS will meet to review the scope and progress of activities covered by this Interagency Agreement.
It shall be the duty of the designees listed below to establish the operational procedures, monitor progress, answer' operational questions and resolve operational problems which may arise under this Interagency Agreement.
David B. Snaver