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Heap Leach Project, June 2006

Heap Leach Project Description

Public Notice

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) and the State of Alaska are releasing on June 29, 2006 the following applications and draft permit, public notice and decisions relating to the Fort Knox Mine for a 30-day public review and comment period. The project applicant, Fairbanks Gold Mining, Inc (FGMI), is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kinross Gold Corporation. Further information on the upcoming public hearing and how to comment can be found below, or in the newspaper Public Notice display ad.

DOCUMENTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT PERIOD

(draft permits and approvals, applications and support documents)

STATE OF ALASKA DRAFT PERMITS

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources (ADNR) has prepared a Draft Plan of Operations Amendment Approval (including a Draft Reclamation Plan Approval) and a Draft Addendum to the Millsite Lease.

Alaska Department of Natural Resources (ADNR)

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC)

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) has prepared a draft Waste Management Permit (2006-DB0043) for disposal of tailings, mined material to be placed on a heap leach facility, and inert solid wastes at the Fort Knox Mine. ADEC also anticipates that it will issue a certification of the 404 permit to be prepared by ACOE authorizing the placement of fill in wetlands.

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY SECTION 404 PERMIT

ACOE is publishing the public notice for an application for a Department of the Army permit pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The applicant proposes to update and renew the Fort Knox Reclamation and Closure Plan per the terms of FGMI’s Corps permit 4-920574, Fish Creek 23.  Additionally, the applicant proposes to modify condition 9.a. of the above-cited permit by removing specific acreage requirements and adopting general size and distribution requirements for vegetative and open water communities. Further, FGMI is proposing to adopt a functional value approach to the restoration work, specifically to restore 110% of the pre-Fort Knox development function of wetlands and aquatic features within the Millsite lease.  The Public Notice can be reviewed at the ACOE’s website at:www.poa.usace.army.mil/reg/PNNew.htm

 

Applicant: Fairbanks Gold Mining, Inc.
Closing Date:  31 July 2006
Application Number:  POA-1992-574-T
Application date: 29 June 2006
Waterway / Nearest Community: Fish Creek, Fairbanks

Previously, on June 2nd, ACOE published a public notice for an FGMI 404 permit application proposing to construct, operate, and then close a heap leach facility. The Public comment period for that permit application, POA-1992-574-S, was set to close on July 3rd, but was extended to July 31st. It can also be reviewed at the ACOE's website at:www.poa.usace.army.mil/reg/PNNew.htm

 

Applicant: Fairbanks Gold Mining, Inc.
Closing Date:  3 July 2006
Revised Closing Date:  31 July 2006
Application Number:  POA-1992-574-S
Application date: 2 June 2006
Waterway / Nearest Community: Fish Creek, Fairbanks

PUBLIC HEARING

Fairbanks
Monday, July 17, 2006
The Carlson Center, Pioneer Meeting Room
2010 2nd Avenue
Project Presentation and Discussion: 6 to 8 p.m.
Public Hearing: 8 to 9 p.m.

HOW TO COMMENT

Copies of the draft authorizations, public notices, and related documents are available for review at:

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers / Fairbanks
    (3437 Airport Way, Suite 206)
  • Alaska Department of Natural Resources / Anchorage
    (550 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 900)
  • Alaska Department of Natural Resources / Fairbanks
    (3700 Airport Way)
  • Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation / Fairbanks
    (610 University Ave.)

Also, copies of the draft authorizations and final applications may be obtained by contacting the individuals listed below.

Please send comments to the following agencies respective to the draft permits and authorizations, and public notice. 

Comments must be received by 5:00 pm, July 31, 2006.

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY SECTION 404 PERMIT
ATTN: Sharon Seim, Project Manager
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District
Regulatory Branch, Fairbanks Field Office, CEPOA-CO-R-NF
3437 Airport Way, Suite 206
Fairbanks, AK  99709-4777
Telephone:  (907) 474-2166
Fax: (907) 474-2164
Email: Sharon.G.Seim@poa02.usace.army.mil

STATE OF ALASKA DNR PERMITS
ATTN: Bob Tsigonis, Project Manager
ADNR / Office of Project Management and Permitting
3700 Airport Way,
Fairbanks, AK 99709
Telephone:  (907) 374-3708
Fax: (907) 451-2703
Email: bob.tsigonis@alaska.gov

STATE OF ALASKA DEC WASTE MANAGEMENT PERMIT
ATTN: Tim Pilon
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
610 University Avenue
Fairbanks, AK  99709-3643
Telephone: (907) 451-2136
Fax: (907) 451-2187
Email: tim.pilon@alaska.gov

STATE OF ALASKA DEC CERTIFICATION OF ARMY SECTION 404 PERMIT
ATTN: William Ashton
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
555 Cordova Street
Anchorage, AK  99501-2617
Telephone: (907) 269-7564
Fax Number: (907) 334-2415
Email: william_ashton@dec.state.ak.us

 



For More Information Contact

State of Alaska Large Mine Permitting Team
Tom Crafford
Director
Office of Project Management & Permitting
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
550 W. 7th Ave., Suite 1430
Anchorage, Alaska 99501-3577
Office: (907) 269-8629
Fax: (907) 269-5673

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