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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 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

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
Associate Director
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Office of Project Management and Permitting
Phone:(907) 334-2185
Fax: (907) 269-5673
Email Kyle Moselle

Mail to:

P.O. Box 111020
Juneau, AK 99801

Visit at:

400 Willoughby Ave., 4th Floor
Juneau, AK 99801