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Red Dog Mine

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ADL 233521: Millsite Lease to Support Mining at Red Dog Mine and Associated Plan of Operations

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mining, Land and Water (DMLW) has received a request from Teck Alaska Incorporated (TAK), 3105 Lakeshore Drive, Building A, Suite 101, Anchorage, AK 99517, operators of the Red Dog Mine, to issue a Millsite Lease, ADL 233521, and for approval of the Millsite Lease Plan of Operations, to support mining operations at the adjacent Red Dog Mine.

The Millsite location is on the western boundary of the Red Dog Mine site. The Millsite location is in the Kateel River Meridian, Township 031 North, Range 019 West; SE1/4 of Section 24, E1/2 of Section 25, and NE1/4 of Section 36. Total acreage equals 640 acres.

TAK is currently requesting to utilize the lands within the proposed Millsite Lease boundary as a part of the Red Dog Mine Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) located adjacent to the proposed Lease. Physical tailings are proposed to be disposed of within the floor of a previously approved Material Site (ADL 420972). Additional area within the proposed Lease boundary is being requested to accommodate the TSF final lake elevation and for a potential future emergency spillway.

[How to Comment]

Copies of the Proposed Millsite Lease ADL 233521, the Millsite application, and the Proposed Plan of Operations, and the Proposed Plan of Operations Approval, may be obtained at: http//

Hardcopies are also available for review at the following locations:

  • AK Department of Natural Resources/Fairbanks (3700 Airport Way)
  • AK Department of Natural Resources/Anchorage (550 W. 7th Ave. Suite 900B)

This is a notice to the public for the application of a Millsite Lease pursuant to AS 38.05.255 and approval of the Millsite Lease Plan of Operation under 11 AAC 86.150. As such, these documents do not require a written finding under subsections of AS 38.05.035(e) or any applicable regulations. Comments about the Millsite Lease and the Plan of Operations Approval will receive consideration, provided they are received, in writing, by March 5, 2020 5:00pm AKST. To submit comments or for direct inquiries, contact Richard R. Lessard, 550 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 900B, Anchorage, AK 99501, fax # 907-269-8949, phone # 907-269-7889.

DMLW reserves the right to waive technical defects in this publication.

Supporting Documents

Teck Alaska Incorporated Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

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 2017 Red Dog mined 4,014,895 tonnes ore, milled 4,269,909 tonnes, and produced 542,000 tonnes refined zinc. All concentrates are exported to world markets via the DeLong Mountain Transportation System that connects the mine to port facilities on the Chukchi Sea. The majority of Red Dog employees are NANA Shareholders.

Five-Year Environmental Audit

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