Advocates for Safe Alaska Highways

We Stand for Safety

Advocates for Safe Alaska Highways

We Stand for Safety

What is the Issue?

Kinross Gold Corporation plans to transport ore over 250 miles of the Alaska Highway, Richardson Highway, and Steese highway between the Mahn Choh project near Tetlin and their processing plant at Ft. Knox near Cleary Summit north of Fairbanks. Double tractor-trailer ore hauling trucks that are each 120 feet long and weigh up to 80 tons will depart the mine four times per hour around the clock. The 96 full truckloads per day will rumble through Tok, Dot Lake, Delta Junction, Salcha, North Pole, Fairbanks and Fox on their way to the Ft. Knox mill, where they will each deliver their individual payloads totaling 10 million pounds every day. The empty trucks then return over the same route to pick up new loads of ore. These trips double the new truck traffic for a combined 192 daily transits along the route.

Why are We Concerned?

The proposed Kinross Gold ore transportation project will increase risk to the traveling public and accelerate degradation of Interior Alaska’s transportation infrastructure. It will also increase poor air quality in the Fairbanks/North Pole non-attainment corridor and potentially opens liability issues for the State of Alaska. 

Safety

Safety must be the primary goal and the ultimate concern for DOT&PF, Kinross, and the respective trucking companies hired for this project. The addition of 80-ton, 120′ long double trailers driven in all Alaskan weather conditions will create unsafe conditions. ( Read More…

Infrastructure

Kinross currently plans to use Interior Alaska public highways to transport ore without recognizing the damaging impact persistent heavy haul operations will have on our highway system. ( Read More…

Liability

Who is liable if someone gets killed? We are concerned that the State of Alaska could be deemed negligent for failing to maintain safe conditions on our public roadways. ( Read More…

Environment

The Fairbanks and North Pole areas are already non-compliant with EPA air quality standards. How will adding hundreds of diesel-powered double tractor-trailer trucks increase this problem? ( Read More…)

Who Are We?

Advocates for Safe Alaska Highways (ASAH) is a grassroots volunteer group of long-time Interior Alaska residents with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences. Together we are committed to ensuring that the health and safety of all Alaskans traveling our public highways is not jeopardized.

Advocates for Safe Alaska Highways (ASAH) is NOT against responsible mining in Alaska.

 

Our Goals

  • Request the developer make public its Ore Transportation Plan.
  • Raise public awareness and illustrate the extraordinary threat to the safety of Alaskans if this plan is adopted.
  • Ensure that the plan has had sufficient review and analysis by the appropriate regulatory agencies.

Latest News from ASAH

ASAH now on Facebook

ASAH now on Facebook

Advocates for Safe Alaska Highways (ASAH) has launched its official Facebook page. We will be posting the most recent information regarding the transportation plan proposed by Kinross Gold/Contango Ore to truck ore 248 miles from the Manh Choh gold mine near Tetlin to...

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