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Minerals

Keno Hill Silver District Operation

Keno Hill Silver District Operation

General Information

The Keno Hill Silver District Operation, is a silver-lead-zinc mine located 354 km north of Whitehorse, 50 km northeast of the Town of Mayo and 3 km east of Keno. Bellekeno began producing ore from long-hole stopes in 2011, which was the first time this mining method was attempted in the history of the District.

Elsa Reclamation and Development Company Ltd., a unit of Alexco Resource Corp. , owns the former assets of United Keno Hill Mines (UKHM) and is responsible, under a funding agreement with the governments of Canada and Yukon, for the care and maintenance of the properties and the eventual reclamation and closure of the overall UKHM sites. Alexco Keno Hill Mining Corp. (AKHMC), a separate subsidiary of Alexco Resource Corp., has been incorporated for the purpose of mineral extraction.

This project has been subject to three environmental and socio-economic assessments by the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board’s Mayo Designated Office. An evaluation report was first issued in June 2009 (2009-0030 ) which recommended that the Bellekeno mine be allowed to proceed with milling rate to 400 tonnes per days of ore. A second evaluation report was issued in August 2012 (2011-0315 ) which recommended that the Onek and Lucky Queen mine be allowed to proceed, subject to specified mitigative terms and conditions. A third evaluation report was issued in October 2014 (2013-0161 ) which recommended that the Flame and Moth mine and the expansion of the dry stack tailings facility be allowed to proceed, subject to specified terms.

The project was issued a Quartz Mining License on November 17, 2009. This license provides the authorization under the Quartz Mining Act for Alexco Keno Hill Mining Corp. to proceed at the Bellekeno mine. The License includes mitigation measures outlined in the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act (YESAA) decision document issued by Government of Yukon. The Quartz Mining License was amended January 25, 2013, to included Onek and Lucky Queen ore bodies.

The company began production at the Bellekeno Mine on January 1, 2011. The mine is currently in a state of temporary closure and AKHMC is planning to resume production once permits are in place for the development of the Flame and Moth deposit.

A Type "A" Water Use Licence for this project has been issue by the Yukon Water Board .

 Currently Under Review

Submission Date

   

 

1. Approved License

1.1. Approval Date
1.1.1 QML-0009 PDF Image 277.70 KB February 2016
1.1.2 Schedule A - Listed Mineral Claims PDF Image 11.20 KB February 2016
1.1.3 Schedule B - Plan to be Submitted for Approval as Approved Plans PDF Image 11.47 KB February 2016
1.1.4 Schedule C - Approved Plans and Authorized Activities PDF Image 70.72 KB July 2016
1.1.5 Schedule D - Annual Reporting Requirements PDF Image 11.09 KB February 2016
 
1.2. Amendment Approval Date
 
 
1.3. Correspondence Date
1.3.1 Amendment to Keno Hill Silver District Mining Operations Project QML-0009, Flame and Moth Deposit PDF Image 557.77 KB February 2016
 

2. Development & Operational Plans

2.1. Mine Development and Operational Plans
2.1.1. Plans Submission Date
a) Amendment to Construction Site Plan - Revision 1 Bellekeno PDF Image 726.06 KB February 2010
b) Supplemental Information to Mine Construction and Operation Plan PDF Image 4845.57 KB May 2010
c) Mine Development and Operations Plan - Lucky Queen and Onek Mines - Revision 1 PDF Image 10029.90 KB January 2013
d) Mine Development and Operations Plan - Revision 1 PDF Image 2645.75 KB June 2015
 
2.1.2. Approvals Approval Date
a) Approval of Amendment to General Site Plan - Borrow Sources PDF Image 731.22 KB February 2010
b) Approval of Mine Development and Operations Plan - Bellekeno PDF Image 928.10 KB August 2010
c) Approval of Mine Development and Operations Plan - Waste Rock Storage Facility - Bellekeno PDF Image 947.09 KB September 2010
 
 
2.2 Mill Construction and Operation
2.2.1. Plans Submission Date
a) Mill Development and Operations Plan PDF Image 14298.72 KB November 2009
b) Mill Development and Operations Plan - Revision 2 PDF Image 7508.18 KB January 2013
c) Mill Development and Operations Plan - Revision 3 PDF Image 5437.23 KB June 2015
 
2.2.2. Approvals Approval Date
 
2.3 Waste Rock Storage Facilities
2.3.1. Plans Submission Date
a) Waste Rock Management Plan - Revision 5 PDF Image 6114.83 KB April 2016
 
2.3.2. Approvals Approval Date
a) Approval of Waste Rock Management Plan - Revision 5 PDF Image 276.44 KB July 2016
 
2.4 Tailings Storage Facilities
2.4.1. Plans Submission Date
a) Dry Stack Tailings Facility Construction and Operation Plan - Bellekeno PDF Image 14900.32 KB May 2010
b) Dry Stack Tailings Facility Construction and Operation Plan - Dust Modeling PDF Image 703.14 KB September 2010
c) Operation, Maintenance and Surveillance Manual - Dry Stack Tailings Facility - Revision 2010-1 PDF Image 3290.48 KB September 2010
d) Dry Stack Tailings Facility Construction and Operation Plan - Revision 2 PDF Image 482.87 KB September 2012
e) Dry Stack Tailings Facility Construction and Operation Plan - Revision 3 PDF Image 4942.18 KB August 2015
 
2.4.2. Approvals Approval Date
a) Approval of Dry Stack Tailings Facility Construction and Operation Plan PDF Image 1368.09 KB September 2010
b) Approval of Addendums to Dry Stack Tailings Facility Construction and Operation Plan PDF Image 1275.07 KB October 2010
 
2.5 Road Construction
2.5.1. Plans Submission Date
a) Lightning Creek Bypass Road Construction and Operation Plan PDF Image 4245.54 KB April 2010
b) Road Construction Plan - Revision 1 PDF Image 3352.39 KB November 2012
c) Road Construction Plan - Revision 3 PDF Image 2438.75 KB June 2015
 
2.5.2. Approvals Approval Date
a) Approval of Lightning Creek Bypass Road Construction and Operation Plan PDF Image 827.29 KB May 2010
 
2.6 Emergency Response & Health and Safety
2.6.1. Plans Submission Date
a) Emergency Response Plan PDF Image 2859.16 KB November 2013
 
2.6.2. Approvals Approval Date
 

3. Environmental Protection Plans and Reports

3.1 Monitoring and Surveillance Plan  
3.1.1. Plan Submission Date
a) Monitoring, Surveillance and Reporting Plan - Revision 3 PDF Image 12584.98 KB August 2015
 
3.1.2. Approval Approval Date
a) Approval of Monitoring and Surveillance Plan - Version 1.1 PDF Image 700.12 KB May 2012
 
3.2 Environmental Protection and Management  
3.2.1. Plans Submission Date
a) Spill Contingency Plan PDF Image 192.30 KB November 2013
b) Hazardous Materials Management Plan PDF Image 3796.38 KB November 2013
c) Heritage Resources Protection Plan PDF Image 128.86 KB January 2015
d) Wildlife Protection Plan PDF Image 238.21 KB January 2015
e) Noise Monitoring and Management Plan PDF Image 2049.26 KB June 2015
f) Traffic Management Plan PDF Image 1419.25 KB June 2015
g) Waste Management Plan - Revision 2 PDF Image 597.36 KB November 2013
h) Dust Abatement and Monitoring Plan PDF Image 1961.05 KB June 2015
 
3.2.2. Approvals Approval Date
a) Approval of Environmental Protection Plans PDF Image 1287.96 KB March 2013
3.3 Reporting  
  Reports Submission Date
3.3.1 Noise Monitoring Report Q2 PDF Image 725.41 KB August 2013
3.3.2 Noise Monitoring Report Q4 PDF Image 3750.70 KB March 2014
3.3.3 Noise Monitoring Report Q1 and Q2 PDF Image 773.63 KB August 2014
3.3.4 Noise Monitoring Report - April 2013 to December 2014 PDF Image 796.89 KB March 2015
 

4. Reclamation & Closure Plans

4.1 Plans Submission Date
4.1.1 Reclamation and Closure Plan - Revision 4 PDF Image 33271.506 KB June 2015
4.1.1.1 Reclamation and Closure Plan - Revision 4 - Appendices PDF Image 21181.836 KB June 2015
4.2 Approval Approval Date
 

5. Financial Security

    Date
5.1 Financial Security Update PDF Image 1580.98 KB July 2013

6. Annual Reporting

6.1. Annual Reports Submission Date
6.1.1 2010 Annual Report PDF Image 21072.094 KB June 2011
6.1.2 2011 Annual Report PDF Image 29154.872 KB March 2012
6.1.3 2011 Annual Report Addendum PDF Image 2273.70 KB May 2012
6.1.4 2012 Annual Report PDF Image 75936.407 KB March 2013
6.1.5 2013 Annual Report PDF Image 57652.0 KB March 2014
6.1.6 2014 Annual Report PDF Image 36095.0 KB March 2015
6.1.7 2015 Annual Report PDF Image 57753.0 KB March 2016
6.1.8 2016 Annual Report PDF Image 35362.340 KB March 2017
6.2. Annual Inspection Reports  
6.2.1 2011 annual Physical Inspection Report PDF Image 6829.97 KB September 2011
6.2.2 2012 Annual Physical Inspection Report PDF Image 5904.00 KB September 2012
6.2.3 2013 Annual Physical Inspection Report PDF Image 4851.86 KB December 2013
6.2.4 2014 Annual Physical Inspection Report PDF Image 7820.72 KB December 2014
6.2.5 2015 Annual Physical Inspection Report PDF Image 7656.92 KB September 2015

7. Technical Committee

8. Socio-economic

    Date