State Agency Discusses Donlin Mine Clean Up At Public Hearing Tuesday

Aug 27, 2018

The proposed Donlin Gold mine site in 2014.
Credit Dean Swope/KYUK

On Tuesday, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is hosting a public hearing on how Donlin Gold plans to clean up after itself.

Earlier this month, the corporation received three key permits for its proposed gold mine, which would be one of the largest in the world if developed. Donlin Gold will be responsible for cleaning up the mine after its gold supplies are depleted, and its engineers have already released drafts of the corporation’s reclamation plans.

The DEC will go though those plans at Bethel’s Cultural Center tomorrow afternoon. The hearing starts at 4:30 p.m., and residents will be able to voice their opinions on the plan at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is expected to last four hours.

The public hearing was scheduled at the request of the Yukon-Kuskokwim River Alliance, a local group that opposes the mine’s development.