Safeguarding People & Environment

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In the planning and development for a new mine or in the operation of an existing mine, two priorities tower above all others: the health and safety of people and protecting the environment.

Mining has made great strides in the last fifty years. The planning and environmental review, testing, and approval process to permit a large mine in Alaska takes many years from start to finish, with dozens of local, state and federal government agencies involved in that process. Operating mines must adhere to high standards that ensure the environment is protected.

Operating safely also means that mines comply with rigorous health and safety rules that protect both mine workers and those who live near operating mines. Today, the processes and procedures that safeguard both workers and the environment are closely monitored and rigorously enforced.

Environmental Leadership

Fort Knox mine embarked on reclamation in the Fish Creek Valley in 1995.  Historic placer mining left the valley heavily impacted with extensive erosion.  As Fort Knox was built, voluntary reclamation took place in the valley.  The reclamation efforts greatly enhanced the quality of the wetlands.  It is now home to moose, wolves, small mammals, and birds.  Jointly with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Fort Knox received the prestigious Tileston Award in 2009 for the Fish Creek reclamation project.  The award is presented by the Alaska Conservation alliance and the Resource Development Council in honor of longtime Alaskan activist Jules and Peg Tileston.

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Council of Alaska Producers

PO Box 220193
Anchorage, AK  99522-0193
Phone (907) 301-1022 - Email: kjmatthias@alaskaproducers.org