Information about the permitting process
- Alaska Department of Natural Resources Large Mine Permitting webpage
- Large Mine Permitting in Alaska: An Overview – Northern Alaska Environmental Center. This webpage has an short, easy-to-read overview of the permitting process for large mines in Alaska.
- Permitting Large Mines in Alaska by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources summarizes various permits/approvals that may be required before construction and operation of a large hardrock mine in Alaska can begin.
- For a list of all the permits that a mine in Alaska may require, see Permitting Large Mine Projects in Alaska by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Office of Project Management and Permitting
- EPA and Hardrock Mining: A Source Book for Industry in the Northwest and Alaska contains information about the Clean Water Act (CWA) permitting processes and associated National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental review requirements for new metal mining operations in Alaska.
Alaska Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (APDES)
The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) is a permit system for regulating point sources of pollution. Alaska has authority for issuing permits, but uses the NPDES process.
- Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation APDES webpage
- NPDES Permit Writers’ Manual is a guide for state and EPA permit writers, as well as other stakeholders.
- APDES Guidance for Local and Tribal Governments (Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation)
- Public Participation in the APDES Permitting Process (Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation)
- Community Involvement in Mine Permitting and Compliance – Alaska Community Action on Toxics. This nine page summary provides an overview of the mine permitting process and how communities can get involved.