Energy, Mines and Resources

Clinton Creek

Clinton Creek

Photo of Clinton Creek Mine with an inset map of the location of the mine.

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 management.


Warning: access to the abandoned Clinton Creek Mine site is prohibited

The Government of Yukon advises that the abandoned Clinton Creek mine site is currently unstable and dangerous. 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 867.456.6147 or by e-mail at yukonabandonedmines@gov.yk.ca. We thank you for your cooperation.


Background

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 of 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.

For more information, please see the Fact Sheet on Asbestos  201 KB.

All authorized activities at the site currently meet rigid health and safety protocols.

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 increased the potential for flooding. In 2002, the Government of Canada worked on stabilizing the site under the emergency section of the federal Waters Act.

In 2003, with the Devolution Transfer Agreement, the Government of Yukon became responsible for the property and leads 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% of the funding for site management and remediation planning. Activities undertaken at the site as well as remediation planning are intended to address short and long term risks at the contaminated site.

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