Kensington Mine Receives Final Alaska Wastewater Discharge Permit

The Kensington Mine received its final Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Wastewater Discharge permit. This milestone is crucial for the mine’s continued operation, ensuring its wastewater management practices meet stringent environmental standards. This is great news for the community of Juneau and Southeast Alaska as the permit is needed to continue operations.

Kensington Mine Drives The Economy

Kensington Mine plays a significant role in Juneau’s economic landscape. As the second-largest private employer in Southeast Alaska, the mine provides approximately 385 full-time jobs2. These positions offer competitive wages and benefits, contributing to the financial stability of many local families. In 2019, the mine’s payroll and benefits totaled $55 million, underscoring its importance as a major economic driver in the region2.

Beyond employment, Kensington Mine is a substantial contributor to the local tax base. It is the second-largest taxpayer to the City and Borough of Juneau, providing essential revenue that supports public services and infrastructure2. This financial input is vital for maintaining and improving community resources, from schools and healthcare facilities to transportation and public safety.

The renewal of the Alaska wastewater discharge permit extends the mine’s economic impact to local businesses as well. By sourcing goods and services from nearby suppliers, Kensington Mine stimulates economic activity and supports a network of local enterprises. This ripple effect helps sustain a vibrant regional economy, benefiting a wide range of industries and contributing to the overall prosperity of Juneau and Southeast Alaska.

Ongoing Operations Is Good For SE Alaska

In summary, the recent approval of the wastewater discharge permit ensures that Kensington Mine can continue its operations while adhering to environmental standards. Its economic contributions, through employment, taxes, and local business support, make it a cornerstone of Juneau’s economic health and a key player in the region’s future development.

1: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation 2: Alaska Resource Development Council