Thirty tons of lead concentrate spills at Red Dog Mine

Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2000

KOTZEBUE (AP) -- Thirty tons of lead concentrate spilled on the tundra near the Red Dog Mine, the Department of Environmental Conservation said Tuesday.

The ore spilled Monday night when the rear trailer of a tandem truck ran off the road and overturned. The cause of the accident is not known.

Lead concentrate spilled 20 feet onto the tundra along a 50-foot section of the road. The ore is powdery and spill crews placed tarps over it to keep it from blowing away. Crews would have to wait for the winds to die down before the cleanup could begin, DEC said.

A DEC environmental specialist also was sent to the site.

The Red Dog Mine zinc and lead mine is 90 miles north of Kotzebue. NANA Regional Corporation and Cominco Alaska are partners in the mine.

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