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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 50 km northeast of Mayo and 3 km east of Keno. Bellekeno began producing ore from long-hole stopes in 2011. This was the first time this mining method was attempted in the district.

Elsa Reclamation and Development Company Ltd., a unit of  Alexco Resource Corp. , owns the former assets of United Keno Hill Mines. It 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 sites. Alexco Keno Hill Mining Corp., a separate subsidiary of Alexco Resource Corp., is incorporated for the purpose of mineral extraction.

This project has been subject to 4 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 a milling rate to 400 tonnes per day 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. A fourth evaluation report was issued in June 2018 (2017-0176  ) which recommended that the Bermingham mine be allowed to proceed, subject to specified terms.

The project was issued a Quartz Mining Licence on November 17, 2009. This licence 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 decision document issued by the Government of Yukon. The Quartz Mining License was amended January 25, 2013, to include Onek and Lucky Queen ore bodies, on February 17, 2016 to include Flame and Moth, and again on November 27, 2019 to include the Bermingham deposit.

The company began production at the Bellekeno Mine on January 1, 2011. The mine entered a state of temporary closure on September 3, 2013. During the months of April to December of 2018, the company commenced development of Flame and Moth. As of January 1, 2019, the mine re-entered a state of temporary closure.

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 516 KB November 2019
 
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
1.3.2 Amendment to Keno Hill Silver District Mining Operations Project QML-0009, Bermingham Deposit PDF Image 184 KB November 2019
 

2. Development & Operational Plans

2.1. Mine Development and Operational Plans
2.1.1. Plans Submission Date
a) Mine Development and Operations Plan - Bellekeno Project PDF Image 3350.55 KB December 2009
b) Amendment to Construction Site Plan - Revision 1 Bellekeno PDF Image 726.06 KB February 2010
c) Supplemental Information to Mine Construction and Operation Plan PDF Image 4845.57 KB May 2010
d) Mine Development and Operations Plan - Lucky Queen and Onek Mines - Revision 1 PDF Image 10029.90 KB January 2013
e) Mine Development and Operations Plan - Flame and Moth - Revision 2 PDF Image 3595.14 KB April 2018
f) Mine Development and Operations Plan, Bermingham – Revision 0 PDF Image 6917 KB August 2019
 
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- Revision 4 PDF Image 7399 KB November 2018
 
2.2.2. Approvals Approval Date
 
2.3 Waste Rock Storage Facilities
2.3.1. Plans Submission Date
a) Waste Rock Management Plan - Revision 6.2 PDF Image 9980 KB April 2019
 
2.3.2. Approvals Approval Date
 
2.4 Tailings Storage Facilities
2.4.1. Plans Submission Date
a) Dry Stack Tailings Facility Construction and Operation Plan - Dust Modeling PDF Image 703.14 KB September 2010
b) Operation, Maintenance and Surveillance Manual - Dry Stack Tailings Facility - Revision 2010-1 PDF Image 3290.48 KB September 2010
c) Dry Stack Tailings Facility Construction and Operation Plan - Revision 4 PDF Image 7399 KB November 2018
 
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) Construction Site Plan – Revision 1 Bellekeno Project PDF Image 21242.23 KB November 2009
b) Lightning Creek Bypass Road Construction and Operation Plan PDF Image 4245.54 KB April 2010
c) Road Construction Plan - Keno City Bypass Road PDF Image 2667.87 KB September 2012
e) Road Construction Plan – Revision 4 PDF Image 2539 KB September 2018
 
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) Management Health and Safety Program PDF Image 3003.75 KB January 2018
 
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 PDF Image 13246 KB July 2018
 
3.1.2. Approval Approval Date
 
3.2 Environmental Protection and Management  
3.2.1. Plans Submission Date
a) Adaptive Management Plan PDF Image 8120 KB July 2018
b) Explosives Management Plan PDF Image 3265 KB February 2019
c) Hazardous Materials Management Plan PDF Image 4979 KB July 2018
d) Spill Contingency Plan PDF Image 277 KB July 2018
e) Waste Management Plan PDF Image 3283 KB July 2018
f) Wildlife Protection Plan PDF Image 614 KB July 2018
g) Dust Abatement and Monitoring Plan PDF Image 1838 KB August 2018
h) Heritage Resource Protection Plan PDF Image 562 KB July 2019
i) Noise Monitoring and Management Plan PDF Image 3901 KB August 2018
j) Traffic Management Plan PDF Image 3901 KB August 2018
 
3.2.2. Approvals Approval Date
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
4.1.1.2 Reclamation and Closure Plan Revision 5.1 PDF Image 79881 KB April 2019
4.2 Approval Approval Date
 

5. Financial Security

    Date
5.1 Amendment to Keno Hill Silver District Mining Operations Project QML-0009, Bermingham Deposit PDF Image 184 KB November 2019

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
6.1.9 2017 Annual Report PDF Image 41178 KB March 2018
6.1.91 2018 Annual Report PDF Image KB March 2019
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
6.2.6 2017 Annual Physical Inspection Report PDF Image 4395.56 KB November 2017
6.2.7 2018 Annual Physical Inspection Report PDF Image 1867.16 KB November 2018

7. Technical Committee

8. Socio-economic

    Date