Red Dog Mine

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 2014 Red Dog mined 3,572,321 tonnes ore, milled 4,299,495 tonnes, and produced 1,059,621 tonnes zinc concentrate and 219,079 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 2014, Teck employs approximately 639 people. A majority of the 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

2015 Annual Meeting

April 2, 2015 1:00 PM

Teck Presentation on 2014 Activities (PDF) (posted 4/21/2015)

2015 Red Dog Mine Annual Meeting Meeting Agenda (PDF)

2014 Annual Report and 2014 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) 586-2954

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