Clinton Creek is an abandoned former asbestos mine located 100 km northwest of Dawson City and within the traditional territory of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in. It is currently under government care.
Warning: Access to the Abandoned Clinton Creek Mine Site Prohibited
May 2013 - The Government of Yukon would like to advise you that the abandoned Clinton Creek mine site is currently unstable and dangerous. In the interest of helping keep people safe, access is prohibited at the abandoned mine site, as there is a risk of serious injury or death.
Please note that the restricted access only applies to the abandoned Clinton Creek mine site.
Should the status of the abandoned Clinton Creek mine site change, the Government of Yukon will provide all notified agencies with updated information. Should you have any concerns, please contact our Assessment and Abandoned Mines office at (867) 667-3208 or by e-mail at Patricia.Randell@gov.yk.ca. We thank you for your cooperation.
The Clinton Creek Mine is a former asbestos mine. The property is located 100 km northwest of Dawson City and is within the traditional territory of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in.
The open pit mine was owned and operated by Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Limited for 10 years (1967 to 1978) until it mined all the economically valuable asbestos in the area. Approximately 16 million tonnes of serpentinite rock containing 940,000 tonnes of white asbestos (known as chrysotile) was removed from three pits at the mine site.
From 1978 to 1992, the company attempted to implement an abandonment plan and completed a few remedial activities at the site.
Over the following years, various weather events destabilized creek channels and caused erosion onsite which increases the potential for flooding. In 2002, the federal government worked on stabilizing the site under the emergency section of the federal Yukon Waters Act.
In 2003, the Devolution Transfer Agreement (DTA) was implemented. Under the DTA, the Government of Yukon became responsible for care and maintenance of the property along with leading the development and implementation of a remediation plan.
The financial responsibility for the site continues to reside with the Government of Canada who provides 100 per cent of the funding for care and maintenance as well as for the development of a long-term remediation (closure) plan.
Both care and maintenance and remediation planning are to address short and long term risks at the abandoned contaminated site possibly posed to human health, safety and the environment.
Care and maintenance activities and remediation planning are unique to each abandoned mine site. For further details, visit Clinton Creek’s care & maintenance and remediation tabs on this website.