What can be done to address health concerns? What have others done?

Collaborative Activities

From the beginning of the development process, it is important that local officials, company representatives, and other local stakeholders plan for project closure in order to minimize the impacts of the company’s withdrawal and counteract a potential bust. Such planning could focus on building long-term community assets, establishing “rainy day” funds, diversifying the local economy, and avoiding unsustainable investments in infrastructure that would require ongoing revenue to maintain. Finally, holding community meetings focused on the decommissioning phase can help to clarify the company’s activities and timeline and identify any issues or concerns.