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State Abandoned-Mines Project Wins Safety Award

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  • Rob McGee
    State Abandoned-Mines Project Wins Safety Award November 1, 2004 New Mexico s Abandoned Mine Land Program has received the Best in the West Award from the
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      State Abandoned-Mines Project Wins Safety Award
      November 1, 2004
       
      New Mexico's Abandoned Mine Land Program has received the "Best in the West Award" from the Department of the Interior's Office of Surface Mining.
      The Cerrillos South Mine Safeguard Project, located 25 miles south of Santa Fe, was selected by Interior's Office of Surface Mining and member states and tribes for exemplary abandoned mine land reclamation.
      "The Abandoned Mine Land Program protects our citizens from unsafe mine openings, of which there still remain thousands in our state," Bill Brancard, director of the Mining and Minerals Division, said in a news release.
      The Abandoned Mine Land Bureau is a part of the state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department's Mining and Minerals Division.
      The award-winning project is located within the Cerrillos Hills Historic Park, which is a 1,116-acre Santa Fe County Open Space Park. The project focused on securing more than 87 openings while preserving resources.
      Creative solutions were designed to protect wildlife habitat, including gates with bat and raptor access. Interpretive signs and mine closure methods, such as viewing platforms, were incorporated.
      According to the news release, the award was handed out at the 26th annual National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs Conference recently held in Flagstaff.
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      United States Mine Rescue Association
      www.usmra.com
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