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Red Devil Mine - Community Involvement & Tribal Consultation

Since late 2009, BLM has investigated the Red Devil Mine site to better understand contaminants left by past mining activity and how those contaminants interact with the local soil, water and sediment to create potential risk to humans and the environment.

The results of this Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study show that tailings near Red Devil Creek contain high concentrations of mercury, arsenic and antimony. These contaminants are migrating down Red Devil Creek and into the Kuskokwim River. BLM will conduct an early action in 2014 to prevent further migration of contaminants at the site.

Community meeting in Akiak, February 20142014 Community Involvement

Community and tribal involvement is an important and ongoing part of the Red Devil Mine project. BLM hosted an information session on Feb. 3 during the 2014 Alaska Forum on the Environment, held in Anchorage. The session outlined the early action alternatives BLM evaluated for the site.

BLM also contacted communities and tribes along the Kuskokwim Rvier to schedule community meetings and tribal consultations in February and March of 2014. The purpose of the meetings was to consult with interested communities about the proposed early action at the site in 2014, and to hear residents' comments, questions and concerns.

The following communities accepted the BLM's offer to meet:

Community / LocationDate / Time
Akiak Community CenterTues, Feb 25, 2 p.m.
Bethel Cultural CenterWed, Feb 26, 6 p.m.
Red Devil (DOT Building)Tues, March 4, 1 p.m.
Sleetmute Community CenterWed, March 5, 1 p.m.
Chuathbaluk Tribal OfficeThurs, March 6, 1 p.m.
Kalskag Multi-purpose BuildingWed, March 12, 1 p.m.
Lower Kalskag Town HallThurs, March 13, 1 p.m.
Crooked Creek Tribal OfficeTues, March 18, 1 p.m.

Use the link at right to view a summary of the 2014 community meetings.

Elders attending Kalskag community meeting (May 2012)

Prior Community Involvement

In 2013 BLM consulted with several federally recognized tribes in the project area. BLM also used newsletters to keep communities informed of the progress of the Remedial Investigation. Use the links at right to view newsletters and meeting notes from previous community meetings.

If you'd like to be added to the project mail list to receive future newsletters, please use the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of this page.

In 2012 BLM held community meetings in ten middle and lower Kuskokwim River communities. BLM also hosted "What's Happening at Red Devil Mine? A Talking Circle for Interested Kuskokwim Communities" during the 2012 Alaska Forum on the Environment. Use the links at right to view summaries of the Talking Circle session and community meetings.

How to Contact Us
  • Alan Bittner, Anchorage Field Manager, 907-267-1246 or toll-free 800-478-1263
  • Mike McCrum, Red Devil Mine Project Manager, 907-271-4426
  • Contact Us form or email blm_ak_reddevil@blm.gov
Return to Red Devil Mine CERCLA RI/FS homepage.

DHSS associate collects a hair sample from resident for mercury testing

An Alaska Division of Public Health associate collects a hair sample for mercury testing following a community meeting in March 2014.

Red Devil Mine
Project Newsletters:

Newsletter #8, June 2014
Newsletter #7, Dec 2013
Newsletter #6, May 2013
Newsletter #5, Aug 2012
Newsletter #4, Jan 2012
Newsletter #3, Aug 2011
Safety Advisory, Jan 2011
Newsletter #2, Nov 2010
Newsletter #1, Nov 2009


Community Meeting Summaries:

Spring 2014
Spring 2012
Spring 2011


Talking Circle, 2012 AK Forum on the Environment:

Talking Circle handout
Comment summary