Resource Development Council

RDC Comment Letter:
Red Dog Oil Discharge Prevention and Contingency Plan

March 8, 2013

Dennis Harwood
State of Alaska, Department of Environmental Conservation
555 Cordova Street
Anchorage, AK 99501

Via email to:

Re: Oil Discharge Prevention and Contingency Plan for Red Dog

Dear Mr. Harwood:

The Resource Development Council is writing in support of renewal of the Oil Discharge Prevention and Contingency Plan for the Red Dog Operations Facility in northwest Alaska.

RDC is RDC is a statewide, non-profit, membership-funded organization founded in 1975. The RDC membership is comprised of individuals and companies from Alaska’s oil and gas, mining, timber, tourism, and fisheries industries, as well as Alaska Native corporations, local communities, organized labor, and industry support firms. RDC’s purpose is to link these diverse interests together to encourage a strong, diversified private sector in Alaska and expand the state’s economic base through the responsible development of our natural resources.

The Red Dog Mine employs over 600 people, many of which are shareholders of the NANA Regional Corporation. The mine has been producing zinc since 1989, and is the only taxpayer in the Northwest Arctic Borough. RDC encourages you to approve the plan to prevent a delay in operations at the mine.

Thank you for the opportunity to comment.

Resource Development Council for Alaska, Inc.