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Red Dog Mine Applications and Draft State Decisions

On August 11, 2016, the State of Alaska is releasing the following application materials and draft state decisions relating to the Red Dog Mine for public review and comment. The project applicant, Teck Alaska Incorporated (TAK), requests state authorizations associated with ongoing operations.

  • Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mining, Land and Water, has prepared draft Reclamation Plan Approval (F20169958).
  • Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has prepared draft Waste Management Permit No. 2016DB0002 for management of mine water, tailings and other solid wastes at the Red Dog Mine site.

The Red Dog Mine is an open pit zinc and lead mine, located in northwestern Alaska on private land owned by NANA Regional Corporation, with some support facilities located on State of Alaska lands. It currently consists of an open pit mine, a mill for processing ore, a tailings impoundment, waste rock storage areas, and support facilities. After processing, lead and zinc concentrates are transported from the mine facilities via a 52-mile road to a port facility located on the Chuckchi Sea.

Copies of the draft permit and approval, application materials, and support documents may be obtained below.

Hardcopies are also available for review at the following locations:

  • Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation / Fairbanks (610 University Avenue)
  • Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation / Anchorage (555 Cordova Street)

The public comment period has been set at 33 days. A standard comment period lasts for 30 days. You can comment in writing.

Send written comments by mail, email or fax to:
  • Red Dog Comments
  • Kyle Moselle, Mining Coordinator
  • ADNR / Office of Project Management & Permitting
  • 400 Willoughby Street, Suite 400
  • Juneau, AK 99801-0101
  • Tel: (907) 465-6849 Fax: (907) 465-3886
  • Email:


Monday, September 12, 2016, 5:00 pm ADT

Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Reclamation and Closure

Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Waste Management

Project Description

The Red Dog Mine is an open pit, truck-and-loader operation using grinding and flotation processes to recover zinc and lead. The mine is located in northwestern Alaska, in the De Long Mountains of the Western Brooks Range, approximately 82 miles north of Kotzebue and 46 miles inland from the coast of the Chukchi Sea, on land owned by NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. (NANA). Access to the mine is by air. The project is a partnership between NANA and Teck Alaska Incorporated (Teck) (the operator). The major Red Dog Mine facilities include the Red Dog Main pit, Aqqaluk pit, mill, tailings storage facility, main waste stockpile, fresh water storage reservoir, water management systems, airstrip and Personnel Accommodations Complex (PAC). Power is supplied by on-site diesel generators. The mine has been in operation since 1989, and operates 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. In 2015 Red Dog mined 3,861,950 tonnes ore, milled 4,026,082 tonnes, and produced 1,013,607 tonnes zinc concentrate and 212,123 tonnes lead concentrate. All concentrates are exported to world markets via the DeLong Mountain Transportation System that connects the mine to port facilities on the Chukchi Sea. As of 2015, Teck employs over 630 people. The majority of Red Dog employees are NANA Shareholders.

Financial Assurance

Permits and Authorizations

Northwest Arctic Borough (NWAB)

Support Documents

Five-Year Environmental Audit

May 2014

Aqqaluk 2009 EIS

Red Dog Mine Extension - Aqqaluk Project
EPA Supplemental EIS (October 2009)


Aqqaluk Project NEPA Process

On May 4, 2007, Teck Cominco Alaska Incorporated (TCAK) requested a modification to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit AK-003865-2 to include the development of the Aqqaluk Project. The Aqqaluk deposit is located adjacent to the existing main deposit.
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Inspection Reports

Annual Meetings and Annual Reports

2016 Annual Meeting

April 12, 2016 1:00 PM

2016 Red Dog Mine Annual Meeting Meeting Agenda (PDF)

2015 Annual Report and 2015 4Q Monitoring Report (PDF)

Annual Meetings and Report Archive


Links to other State Agency Publications on Red Dog Mine

Department of Environmental Conservation
Red Dog Mine / Division of Air Quality

Division of Spill Prevention and Response / Contaminated Sites Program
Red Dog Mine / Control of Fugitive Dust

Department of Fish & Game, Habitat Division
Red Dog Mine Biomonitoring Studies

Dept. of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health
Red Dog Mine / Heavy Metals

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

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