Department Of Interior

Exemplar List of Tasks for Federal Agencies


(The following task list is an exemplar of the types of tasks that the Federal Agencies may consider undertaking consistent with their respective authorities. This task list is not intended to be exhaustive, nor is it meant to provide a final solution for the various problems confronting the Tar Creek area. It is assumed that these and other tasks will be discussed in a visioning type process, and as information becomes available. Signing the MOU does not bind the Federal Agencies to fund or perform any of the tasks listed below. Further discussions among the signatories of this MOU are necessary to refine specific roles and commitments.)

Department of the Interior

· Fund and participate in the Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study (RI/FS) for the undeveloped rural and urban areas of the Tar Creek Superfund Site under EPA oversight according to the terms of the EPA's Administrative Order on Consent (AOC) for RI/FS . This AOC is presently being negotiated. This RI/FS effort may be performed in conjunction with the mining companies who are participating in the negotiations.

· Plug certain mine shafts based on prioritization from the State and only as consistent with legal obligations and after consultation with the State.

· Consistent with appropriate authority and after consultation, fence remaining chat piles to prevent unauthorized chat access.

· Develop a Geographic Information System in coordination with the State of Oklahoma to store and share data to facilitate information exchange and avoid duplication of effort.

· Collect routine water quality data and monitor flow data for Tar Creek with an emphasis on mine seeps.

· Fund, in part, United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) development of a hydrogeologic model of the area.

· Complete initial wildlife study.

Department of the United States Army

· Develop a hydrogeologic model of the area utilizing funds from other Agencies through the USACE Support for Others Program. Coordinate studies with on-going and planned studies by DOI.

· Under the study authority of Section 208 of the Flood Control Act of 1965, conduct the Miami, OK and Vicinity Reconnaissance Study to develop a comprehensive watershed management plan for the Tar Creek and Spring River watersheds, providing a holistic solution to area problems that will serve as a framework for actions to be implemented by various agencies. USACE implementation could be authorized through a follow-on Feasibility Study cost-shared with a Tribal or non-Federal partner.

· Through Support for Other Agencies Program or cost-shared with a Tribal or non-Federal partner through Section 206 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1996, design and construct small project(s) that utilize engineered passive treatment systems to treat mine seeps to restore aquatic, wetland, and floodplain ecosystem habitat in small sub-watersheds.

Environmental Protection Agency

· Continue residential yard cleanup.

· Arrange broader partnership initial meeting.

· Continue negotiations with potentially responsible parties.

· Oversee potentially responsible party responses.

Draft List of Potential Projects for Partnerships with other Federal Agencies

Department of Commerce, Economic Development Agency
Assist in a "visioning process" by the State, Tribes, and locals officials and community members in their development of a Redevelopment/Reuse Plan.

Department of Transportation
Develop with the State appropriate chat use in road construction, including incentives to encourage removal of the chat.

Department of Health and Human Services
Provide for local health education programs and blood lead testing programs through the Agency for Toxic Substance Disease Registry. Conduct medical needs assessment of the area.

Department of Housing and Urban Development
Provide grants or funding to revitalize or encourage home ownership.

Department of Labor (DOL)
Identify and implement opportunities provided by the Job Training Partnership Act and other DOL administered programs to assist local Tar Creek communities in revitalizing their economic base.

Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Provide funds from the Rural Abandoned Mine Program to support restoration of the Tar Creek area. USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service is authorized through Section 406 of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to reclaim rural lands affected by mining.



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