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Fort Knox Mine

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Public Notice: Fort Knox Mine

The State of Alaska is releasing on February 14 the following permit applications and draft permits, public notice and decisions relating to the Fort Knox Mine for a 32-day public review and comment period. The project applicant, Fairbanks Gold Mining, Inc (FGMI), is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kinross Gold USA, Inc. FGMI is submitting applications for continued mining, milling, and heap leach operations along with reclamation plans for The Fort Knox Mine and facilities. The project area encompasses about 8,711 acres of State and private land, including about 5,828 acres under the Millsite Leases ADL 414960 and ADL 414961. Further information on how to comment can be found below, in the newspaper Public Notice or online Public Notice.

Documents associated with the Public Review and Comment Period

(draft permits, draft approvals, and support documents)

How to Comment

Written comments on the proposed permit must be submitted within 32 days of the first publication of this public notice or no later than March 16, 2020. Please direct written comments to the attention of Ashlee Adoko at the address or email identified below. All comments should include the name, address, and telephone number of the commenter and a concise statement of comment on the permit condition and the relevant facts upon which the comment is based. Comments of either support or concern which are directed at specific, cited permit requirements are appreciated. Comments must be postmarked on or before the expiration date of the public notice.

Any interested person may submit a written request for a public hearing. A request for a public hearing shall state the nature of the issues to be raised, as well as the requester's name, address and telephone number. DEC will hold a public hearing if it determines that good cause exists.

Hardcopies are also available for review at the following locations:

  • AK Dept. Environmental Conservation (DEC)/ Fairbanks (610 University Ave.)
  • AK Dept. Environmental Conservation (DEC) / Anchorage (555 Cordova St.)
  • AK Dept. Natural Resources (DNR)/ Fairbanks (3700 Airport Way)
  • AK Dept. Natural Resources (DNR)/ Anchorage (550 W. 7th Ave. Suite 1430)

Deadline for Written Comments:

March 16, 2020 at 5:00pm

Send written comments by mail, email, or fax to:
Ashlee Adoko, Large Mine Coordinator
Alaska Department of Natural Resources / Office of Project Management and Permitting
550 W. 7th Ave, Suite 1430
Anchorage, AK 99501-3577
Phone:(907) 269-8732
Fax: (907) 269-5673

Project Description

The Fort Knox Mine is an open pit, truck-and-shovel operation using carbon-in-pulp, heap leach and gravity processes to recover gold. The mine is located approximately 25 highway miles northeast of Fairbanks, Alaska, on primarily State of Alaska and private lands within the Fairbanks North Star Borough. The project is operated by Fairbanks Gold Mining, Inc. (FGMI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Kinross Gold Corporation. The major Fort Knox Mine facilities include the Fort Knox open pit mine, mill, administrative facilities, tailings storage facility, water storage reservoir and the Walter Creek Heap Leach facility. Power is supplied from the regional grid via a 29-mile power line. The mine was originally permitted in 1994, and operates 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. As of the end of 2018, FGMI employed 613 people. Fort Knox produced 255,569 gold equivalent ounces in 2018.

Permits, Approvals and Authorizations

Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Plan of Operations
Reclamation and Closure

Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Waste Management

Support Documents

Archive of June 2006 Applications, Draft Project Authorizations, and Public Process

Five-Year Environmental Audits

February 2019
Environmental Compliance and Management Systems Audit Fort Knox Gold Mine

Annual Meetings and Annual Reports

2019 Annual Agency Meeting

March 26, 2019, 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Fairbanks Gold Mining Company offices
Alaska USA building, Suite 408, 1292 Sadler Way, Fairbanks, AK

Fort Knox Annual Meeting Agenda 2019 (PDF)

FGMI 2019 Meeting Presentation (PDF)

Fort Knox Annual Activity Report 2018 (PDF)

ADF&G Technical Report No. 19-03: Fish & Water Quality Monitoring 2018 (PDF)

Archive of previous Annual Meetings

For More Information Contact:

State of Alaska Large Mine Permitting Team

Ashlee Adoko
Large Project Coordinator
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Office of Project Management and Permitting
550 W 7th Ave, Suite 1430
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone:(907) 269-8732
Fax: (907) 269-5673

Mail to:
550 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 1430
Anchorage, AK 99501

Visit at:
550 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 1430
Anchorage, AK 99501