Niblack Project

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The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has posted a public notice for a Draft APDES Permit for the Niblack Project. The link for the DEC Public Notice is: with the information as noted below.

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has prepared an Alaska Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (APDES) Draft Permit.

Per 18 AAC 83.120, the Department is transmitting the APDES Draft Permit and associated documents to you for a 30-day public review and comment period.

Facility Name: Niblack Project

Discharge Location: Niblack Anchorage

Mixing zone proposed in Essential Fish Habitat: No

Review Period: 03/18/2015 to 04/17/2015

Permit documents are attached and can also be accessed from the ADEC Wastewater Discharge Authorization website under the Public Notice section.

Written comments can be submitted via email to:
Or by mail to: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Wastewater Discharge Authorization Program 555 Cordova Street Anchorage, AK 99501

For questions, please call Renee Evans at 907-269-7568. Thank you.

Project Description:

The Niblack Project is a copper-zinc-gold-silver prospect in an advanced exploration phase of development. The proposed underground exploration project is located off Moira Sound on southeastern Prince of Wales Island, approximately 30 miles southwest of the town of Ketchikan.

The applicant, Niblack Mining Corporation, proposes to develop 6,000 feet of underground tunneling from a single adit entry. The main focus of the underground work is to provide access for exploration drilling to test deep zones of mineralization. The project is expected to last 2 years. It will require development of a marine access and camp barge facility on the adjacent State-owned tide and submerged lands. Other surface disturbances including an access road, portal, and waste rock storage and disposal areas will be confined to private property.

Total surface disturbance requiring post-closure reclamation is approximately 5.5 acres. The proposed underground excavation will generate about 60,900 cubic yards of waste rock, most of which is benign. Approximately 14,300 cubic yards is potentially acid-generating (PAG) material which will be temporarily placed in an engineered, lined 0.85-acre storage facility. At the end of the exploration period, all PAG waste rock will be picked up and transferred back underground and the adit will be sealed.

Permits, Authorizations, and Financial Assurance

Financial Assurance
Niblack Mining Reclamation Bond 2010  (Abacus Alaska, Inc.)
Niblack Mining Reclamation Bond 2007  (Niblack Mining Corporation)

Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Niblack Mine Waste Management Permit No. 2013DB0001

Response to Comments Document

Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADFG)


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Alaska District (ACOE)

Archive of 2007 Public Notice

Support Documents
Inspection Reports
Annual Reports
Previous Authorizations
Floating Camp - Temporary Site


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) 586-2954

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