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.
2014 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 / Location||Date / Time|
|Akiak Community Center||Tues, Feb 25, 2 p.m.|
|Bethel Cultural Center||Wed, Feb 26, 6 p.m.|
|Red Devil (DOT Building)||Tues, March 4, 1 p.m.|
|Sleetmute Community Center||Wed, March 5, 1 p.m.|
|Chuathbaluk Tribal Office||Thurs, March 6, 1 p.m.|
|Kalskag Multi-purpose Building||Wed, March 12, 1 p.m.|
|Lower Kalskag Town Hall||Thurs, March 13, 1 p.m.|
|Crooked Creek Tribal Office||Tues, March 18, 1 p.m.|
Use the link at right to view a summary of the 2014 community meetings.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org