Environment

Environmental Plan

Donlin Gold is committed to protecting the environment in the Yukon Kuskokwim region. Our environmental plan encompasses virtually every aspect of the Donlin Gold project and is discussed throughout this website.

For 21 years, Donlin Gold has been conducting a wide range of environmental studies to evaluate the possible impacts of the activity required to construct and operate the mine.

Resources and topics in the baseline-study program include:

  • Air quality
  • Cultural resources
  • Fish and aquatic resources
  • Geochemistry
  • Geotechnical
  • Hydrology/Ground and surface water quality and quantity
  • Land use
  • Marine and river
  • Mercury
  • Noise

  • Public health
  • Recreation
  • Snow surveys
  • Socioeconomics
  • Stream and sediment
  • Subsistence
  • Vegetation
  • Visual aesthetics
  • Wetlands
  • Wildlife

Data from these studies is being used in the design process so the mine can meet or exceed environmental standards, in addition to the protection of the natural and subsistence resources in the YK region. The data will also provide information about the environment before, during and after mine operations to ensure the land is continuously protected.

These studies will be submitted to regulatory agencies during the permitting process.

We are continually refining our mine plan and daily activities based on the feedback we receive from the YK community. From long-term engineering to everyday worksite behavior, we routinely go above and beyond safety standards required by state and federal government agencies.