Fort Knox Mine

2014 Fort Knox Final Approvals and Permit
Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Plan of Operations

Reclamation and Closure

Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Waste Management

Current Project Description

The Fort Knox Mine is an open pit, truck-and-shovel operation using carbon-in-pulp, heap leach and gravity processes to recover gold. The mine is located approximately 25 highway miles northeast of Fairbanks, Alaska, on primarily State of Alaska and private lands within the Fairbanks North Star Borough. The project is operated by Fairbanks Gold Mining, Inc. (FGMI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Kinross Gold Corporation. The major Fort Knox Mine facilities include the Fort Knox open pit mine, mill, administrative facilities, tailings storage facility, water storage reservoir and the Walter Creek Heap Leach facility. Power is supplied from the regional grid via a 29-mile power line. The mine was originally permitted in 1994, and operates 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. In 2012 Fort Knox produced approximately 359,000 gold equivalent ounces. As of the end of February 2013, FGMI employed approximately 581 people.

Five-Year Environmental Audits
May 2012

Environmental Compliance and Management Systems Audit
Fort Knox and True North Mines

March 1, 2004

Fort Knox Mine, True North Mine and Twin Creek Road

Permits, Authorizations, and Financial Assurance
Financial Assurance

Final permits and public process documents were issued on July 3, 2007 by the State of Alaska for the Fort Knox Mine Heap Leach Project. A record of the public process is on the Archive Page. A new Reclamation Plan was issued in 2012.

2007 State Agency Response to Public Comments on Draft Authorizations
for the Fort Knox Mine Heap Leach Project
(issued 7/3/07)

Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
Support Documents

In 2006, FGMI issued six documents detailing the reclamation and closure of the Fort Knox Mine as well as the construction, operation, reclamation, and closure of the proposed heap leach facility.

Archive of June 2006 Applications, Draft Project Authorizations, and Public Process

Annual Meetings and Annual Reports
2014 Annual Agency Meeting

March 252, 2014 at 2 PM at the FGMI Fairbanks Office
Alaska USA Bldg, Suite 408, 1292 Sadler Way, Fairbanks, Alaska

Archive of previous Annual Meetings


For More Information Contact

State of Alaska Large Mine Permitting Team
Jack DiMarchi
Lead Mining Coordinator
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Office of Project Management and Permitting
3354 College Road
Fairbanks, AK 99709
Phone: (907) 451-2806
Fax: (907) 451-5050