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Greens Creek Mine

Greens Creek mine is an underground zinc, lead, silver, and gold mine located on Admiralty Island in Southeast Alaska.

Greens Creek Mine

S.Keerney/WMAN

Overview

The Greens Creek Mine is a lead, zinc, silver, and gold mine located on Admiralty Island, 25 kilometers southeast of Juneau on federal land (click here for map). The mine site is surrounded by the Admiralty Island National Monument, which supports a large brown bear population and contains extensive salmon habitat. The mine is owned and operated by the Hecla Greens Creek Mining Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hecla Mining Company.

Mining operations occur underground and produce about 2000 tons of ore per day. Other facilities include an ore concentrating mill, a tailings impoundment, a ship loading facility, 13 miles of road connecting the mine site to the water, and camp facilities. The concentrate facility produces lead and zinc concentrates, and silver and gold doré which are shipped by boat from the marine terminal facility.

Land Exchange

Greens Creek Mine Tailings 2
Greens Creek Mine S.Keeney/WMAN

In 1996, President Clinton and the U.S. Congress signed a land exchange with the U.S. Forest Service giving the mine access and mineral rights to an additional 7500 acres around the original mine property in exchange for private property worth $1 million. This exchange likely prolonged the life of the mine.

 

last modified Mar 26, 2010 05:14 PM

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