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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.

Red Dog Mine

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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). The Access to the mine is by air.

The project is a partnership between NANA and Teck Alaska Incorporated (Teck) (the operator). The majority of Red Dog employees are NANA Shareholders. 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, an 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 2019, Red Dog produced 552,400 metric tons (1.22 billion pounds) of zinc and 102,800 metric tons (226.6 million pounds) of lead. All concentrates are exported to world markets via the DeLong Mountain Transportation System that connects the mine to port facilities on the Chukchi Sea.

Permits, Authorizations, and Approvals

Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

DNR Reclamation Plan Approval (F20169958) (issued 9/28/2016)
DNR Temporary Water Use Authorizations (TWUAs) and Water Rights:
Dam Safety Certificates:

Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Northwest Arctic Borough (NWAB)

Five-Year Environmental Audit

Red Dog Mine 5-Year Environmental Audit (May 2014)


Annual Reports

2019 Annual Report and 2019 4Q Monitoring Report (2/10/2020)
  • Appendix A: Biomonitoring Report (pending 2nd quarter)
  • Appendix B: Long-Term Permafrost and Groundwater Monitoring (pending 1st and 2nd quarter)
  • Appendix C: Water Quality Control Profile II Charts – Mine Water Monitoring Stations
  • Appendix D: Water Quality Profile I Charts – Mine Drainage Monitoring Stations
  • Appendix E: Water Quality Profile I Charts – Bons Creek Monitoring Stations
  • Appendix F: Water Quality Profile I Charts – APDES Monitoring
  • Appendix G: Waste Rock Production Summary
  • Appendix H: Cover Material Stockpile Summary
  • Appendix I: Risk Management Plan (RMP) Fugitive Dust (pending 3rd quarter)
  • Appendix J: Red Dog One Year Mine Plan 2020

Links to Related State Agency Publications

For More Information Contact:

State of Alaska Large Mine Permitting Team

Emily Hart
Large Project Coordinator
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Office of Project Management and Permitting
Phone: (907) 334-2185
Fax: (907) 269-5673

Mail to:
550 W 7th Ave, Ste 1430
Anchorage, AK 99501-3577

Visit at:
550 W 7th Ave, Ste 1430
Anchorage, AK 99501-3577