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Fort Knox Mine

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 2018, FGMI employed 613 people. Fort Knox produced 255,569 gold equivalent ounces in 2018.

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 June 2006 Applications, Draft Project Authorizations, and Public Process

Five-Year Environmental Audits

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

Annual Meetings and Annual Reports

2019 Annual Agency Meeting

March 26, 2019, 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Fairbanks Gold Mining Company offices
Alaska USA building, Suite 408, 1292 Sadler Way, Fairbanks, AK

Fort Knox Annual Meeting Agenda 2019 (PDF)

FGMI 2019 Meeting Presentation (PDF)

Fort Knox Annual Activity Report 2018 (PDF)

ADF&G Technical Report No. 19-03: Fish & Water Quality Monitoring 2018 (PDF)

Archive of previous Annual Meetings

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