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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.

Greens Creek Mine

Project Description

The Greens Creek Mine is an underground cut-and-fill and long hole stoping operation using grinding and flotation processes to recover zinc and lead, and gravity processes to recover silver and gold.

The mine is located in southeast Alaska, in the Tongass National Forest near Hawk Inlet on Admiralty Island National Monument, approximately 18 miles southwest of Juneau, on U.S. Forest Service and private patented land within the City and Borough of Juneau. Access to the mine is by sea, and a 13-mile access road.

The project is operated by Hecla Greens Creek Mining Company (HGCMC). The major Greens Creek Mine facilities include the Greens Creek underground mine, surface mill, dry stack tailings facility, tailings storage facility, water treatment system, wastewater treatment plant, administrative and camp facilities, ferry dock and ship-loading facility. Power is supplied by hydroelectric infrastructure and diesel generators.

The mine started production in 1989, and today operates 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. In 2017, Greens Creek Mine produced approximately 8,351,882 ounces of silver, 50,854 ounces of gold, 52,547 tons of zinc, and 17,996 tons of lead. As of 2017, Hecla Greens Creek Mining Company employed approximately 430 people.

Permits, Authorizations, and Approvals

Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Five-year Environmental Audits

Greens Creek Mine 5-Year Environmental Audit (January 2019)

Annual Meetings & Annual Reports

2020 Annual Meeting

Considering the logistical difficulties and health-related risks of holding an in-person meeting in this time of pandemic response, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Wastewater Discharge Authorizations Program (WDAP) has waived Permit Part The annual meeting for calendar year 2020 is cancelled. All other permit conditions remain in effect.

2019 Annual Reports

2019 Best Management Practices Plan Report 2019 Storm Water Monitoring Program Report 2019 Active Tailings and Production Rock Site Report 2019 Fresh Water Monitoring Program Report 2019 Aquatic Biomonitoring Report 2019 Inactive Production Rock Sites and Quarries Report 2019 Hawk Inlet Monitoring Program Report
Video: 2019 HGCMC Hawk Inlet 002 Diffuser Inspection

Archive of prior Annual Meetings and Reports

For More Information Contact

State of Alaska Large Mine Permitting Team
Cathe Heroy
Large Mine Coordinator
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Office of Project Management and Permitting

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

Visit at:
550 W. 7th Ave. Suite 1430
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 269-0880
Fax: (907) 269-5673

Matthew Reece
USDA Forest Service
8510 Mendenhall Loop Road
Juneau, Alaska 99801
Telephone: (907) 586-8800
Fax Number: (907) 586-8808