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Large Mine Permitting

The Large Mine Permitting Team is responsible for coordinating the permitting activities for large mine projects in the state, in accordance with state law (AS 27.05.010(b)):

The department is the lead agency for all matters relating to the exploration, development, and management of mining, and, in its capacity as lead agency, shall coordinate all regulatory matters concerning mineral resource exploration, development, mining, and associated activities. Before a state agency takes action that may directly or indirectly affect the exploration, development, or management of mineral resources, the agency shall consult with and draw upon the mining expertise of the department.

Permitting Large Mine Projects in Alaska (PDF)  (revised 10/03/2017)

Numerous state, federal, and local government permits and approvals are required before construction and operation of a large hardrock mine in Alaska can begin. This document summarizes various permits/approvals that may be required.

DOWL Report for Mine Closure and Reclamation Cost Estimation Guidelines: Indirect Cost Categories (5/7/2015) (PDF)

To view a slide show of the large mine permitting process:

Presentation Slides - 1 slide per page (PDF).
(revised August 2016)

Here are some projects that the Large Mine Permitting Team has coordinated:

For More Information Contact

State of Alaska Large Mine Permitting Team
Kyle Moselle
Large Mine Coordinator
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Office of Project Management and Permitting
400 Willoughby Avenue, Suite 400
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone:(907) 465-6849
Fax: (907) 465-3886