About Red Dog
Red Dog Operations is an open-pit truck-and-loader operation, using conventional drill and blast mining methods. Our mineral processing facilities use conventional grinding and sulfide flotation methods to produce zinc and lead concentrates.
Product from the mine is shipped to Teck's metallurgical facilities at Trail, British Columbia, Canada and to customers in Asia and Europe.
Due to arctic weather conditions, the concentrate is stored in large buildings at our port facility 46 miles away on the Chuchki Sea and is typically shipped to customers between July and October each year.
While our mining and minerals processing operations are conventional, our commitment to environmental stewardship is not.
At Red Dog, we operate to the highest environmental standards and we are committed to the continuous improvement of our environmental performance.
Red Dog Operations is part of a small, elite group of U.S. metals mines to receive ISO 14001:2004 certification. This means our mine’s environmental management system supports environmental protection, prevents pollution and fosters improvements in environmental performance.
An economic engine in Northwest Alaska
One of North America’s most significant mineral deposits, Red Dog is a key contributor to the region’s economy, providing significant economic benefits to Alaskans and Alaska’s Native people
Red Dog provided $921 million in benefits to the regional economy, including wages, payments in lieu of taxes and direct royalty payments to NANA from 1989 to 2009. In the last five years alone, the mine provided $749 million in taxes to the local, state and federal governments.
With a payroll of approximately $52 million, Red Dog provides 550 high-paying jobs, and in 2010, there will be over 200 summer construction jobs.