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Individual land buyers, lessees of state land, or permittees who are unable to make their payments should immediately contact the Division of Mining, Land and Water (DMLW) to discuss ways to address their financial hardship and payments due, consistent with the Governor's COVID-19 Disaster Order of Suspension No. 2 as amended, or the Director's Finding concerning extensions of certain land sale contract and lease payments. Contact the DMLW by email at or by phone at (907) 269-8594. Thank you.

Fort Knox Mine

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ADL 233700: Proposed Millsite Lease to Support Mining of Fairbanks Gold Mining, Inc. Gil Deposit

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mining, Land & Water (DMLW) has received a request from Fairbanks Gold Mining, Inc. (FGMI), #1 Fork Knox Road, Fairbanks, AK 99712 owner and operator of the Fort Knox Mine, to issue a Millsite Lease, ADL 233700, to support mining of the Gil Deposit. The millsite is needed to provide for waste rock and overburden storage, facilities, and equipment support. Mined ore is to be transported to the current Ft. Knox facility for processing.

The Millsite will be located approximately 8 miles East of the current Ft. Knox Mine. The Millsite is in the Fairbanks Meridian, Township 001 North, Range 003 East Section 11 NW1/4. Total acreage equals 174 acres.

Copies of the Proposed Millsite Lease ADL 233700, may be obtained at:

Hardcopies are also available for review at the following locations:
AK Department of Natural Resources/Fairbanks (3700 Airport Way)
AK Department of Natural Resources/Anchorage (550 W. 7th Ave. Suite 900B)

A written finding is not required under AS 38.05.035(e)(6)(G), and as such a notification of the intent to issue a Millsite lease is not required by AS 38.05.945, and as such is being provided to the public as a courtesy. Comments about the Millsite Lease will receive consideration, provided they are received, in writing, by September 28, 2020 5:00pm AKST. To submit comments or for direct inquiries, contact Richard R. Lessard, 550 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 900B, Anchorage, AK 99501, fax # 907-269-8949; email:

DMLW reserves the right to waive technical defects in this publication.

Supporting Documents

Teck Alaska Incorporated:

Millsite Lease Application

Department of Natural Resources (DNR):

Proposed Millsite Lease

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. As of the end of 2019, FGMI employed 655 people. Fort Knox produced 200,263 gold equivalent ounces in 2019.

Permits, Approvals and Authorizations

Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Plan of Operations
Reclamation and Closure

Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Waste Management

Support Documents

Archive of Applications, Draft Project Authorizations, and Public Process

Five-Year Environmental Audits

February 2019
Environmental Compliance and Management Systems Audit Fort Knox Gold Mine

For More Information Contact:

State of Alaska Large Mine Permitting Team

Ashlee Adoko
Large Project Coordinator
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Office of Project Management and Permitting
550 W 7th Ave, Suite 1430
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone:(907) 269-8732
Fax: (907) 269-5673

Mail to:
550 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 1430
Anchorage, AK 99501

Visit at:
550 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 1430
Anchorage, AK 99501