ALL ACCESS MEMBERSHIP

JOIN NOW ACTIVATE SIGN IN
  • Clear sky
  • 34°
    Clear sky
  • Comment

Hecla gets expansion rights on Admiralty

Posted: September 9, 2013 - 7:42pm  |  Updated: September 9, 2013 - 11:02pm

The Tongass National Forest has decided to allow the Hecla Greens Creek Mining Company to expand its tailings facility in the Admiralty Island National Monument.

Tongass National Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole approved the plan, which authorizes the mining company to expand its existing facility further south into the monument by about 18 acres.

The plan also allows for a separate eight acres outside of the monument for rock quarry and material storage sites and for expanding a water management pond.

Alternative proposals included building a second tailings disposal facility in the Fowler Creek watershed, and the original proposal would have increased the mining company’s footprint in the monument by 116 acres — while eliminating more than 1,600 feet of salmon stream habitat.

Greens Creek Mining is one of the largest employers in Southeast Alaska with about 330 full-time employees, and it has worked in the Admiralty National Monument since 1989.

The company estimated that it would have been forced to cease operations in 2019 if no expansion was approved. This move is expected to allow the facility to accept additional tailings for about 10 years, and no tailings will be deposited in any sections of Tributary Creek.

Contact reporter Matt Woolbright at 523-2243 or at matthew.woolbright@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/reportermatt.

  • Comment

Spotted

Please Note: You may have disabled JavaScript and/or CSS. Although this news content will be accessible, certain functionality is unavailable.

Skip to News

« back

next »

  • title http://spotted.juneauempire.com/galleries/378003/ http://spotted.juneauempire.com/galleries/377998/ http://spotted.juneauempire.com/galleries/377993/
  • title http://spotted.juneauempire.com/galleries/377988/ http://spotted.juneauempire.com/galleries/377983/ http://spotted.juneauempire.com/galleries/377978/
  • title http://spotted.juneauempire.com/galleries/377963/ http://spotted.juneauempire.com/galleries/377948/
3v3 JSC World Cup

CONTACT US

  • Switchboard: 907-586-3740
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-586-3740
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-586-3028
  • Business Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-523-2230
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback

ADVERTISING

SUBSCRIBER SERVICES

SOCIAL NETWORKING