COST ESTIMATING HANDBOOK: BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT (BLM) (DEC 2002)
COST ESTIMATING HANDBOOK: BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT (BLM) (DEC 2002)., The purpose of this handbook is to give Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (Forest Service) employees a general overview of the
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) process and
provide data so that the costs involved with the investigation, removal or remediation of wastes, and
reclamation of sites on BLM and Forest Service property can be estimated. This handbook also
addresses investigation and remediation activities associated with Abandoned Mine Land Sites (AML).
The objectives of this Cost Estimating Handbook are to provide the information to assist the users in:
• Preparing project cost estimates;
• Developing budget estimates prior to requesting funding;
• Evaluating cost proposals for contract award;
• Evaluating removal and remedial proposals; and
• Preparing bonding estimates.
In addition, the handbook provides general discussions of various reclamation and waste issues and
processes intended to assist the field specialist with the analysis of projects. The Cost Estimating
Handbook is not intended to be a complete and comprehensive discussion of all aspects of removal and
reclamation, but rather one of many tools to be used by agency staff in preparing cost estimates.