Construction fill at the Buckhorn Mine

Review Board Affirms Buckhorn Gold Mine Discharge Permit
Water surrounding the Buckhorn Mine must be left as clean as it was prior to mining

On July 30, 2015, the Pollution Control Hearings Board (PCHB) denied Crown Resources/Kinross’ appeal of the NPDES (National Pollution Discharge Elimination System) permit, thereby affirming that the water surrounding the Buckhorn Mine must be left as clean as it was before the mine was developed. The Buckhorn Mine continues to discharge pollutants into the environment in violation of their waste discharge permit...

July 31, 2015
Triple Creek Vegetation Management
OHA Solicits Bids for Vegetation Management Services at Triple Creek
The Okanogan Highlands Alliance (OHA) seeks bids from qualified contractors to provide vegetation management services for the Triple Creek Water Quality Restoration Project.  This project is located near Chesaw, WA.  Bids must be submitted in the manner specified by the bid documents...

[Bid now closed]

July 3, 2015 

Water Rights Expansion Request
Kinross New Exploration Proposal Included in Water Right Change Application
On May 28, 2014, instead of announcing the new exploration proposal, Kinross included it in a water right change application in a public notice. Very few people are likely to look up the legal coordinates provided in the public notice, nor recognize a new exploration project under the guise of a water rights request...

May 29, 2014 

Echo Bay/Kinross Withdraws Buckhorn Exploration Proposal Echo Bay/Kinross Withdraws Proposal for Buckhorn Exploration

On May 28, 2014, Echo Bay Exploration (EBE, a fully owned subsidiary of Kinross Gold) announced their withdrawal of the Buckhorn Mountain Exploration Project. The exploration had been proposed on almost 10,000 acres of federal, state and private lands surrounding the Kinross operating Buckhorn mine...

May 28, 2014
Conservation Associate: Okanogan Highlands Alliance accepted applications for a dependable person to help with advocacy efforts. 

May 5, 2014
Buckhorn Discharge Permit
Kinross Appeals New NPDES Permit

Despite verbal assurance during the penalty settlement negotiations that they would not appeal the new NPDES, Kinross submitted an appeal to the Pollution Control Hearings Board (PCHB), one day after the permit was issued. Kinross asserts that the new permit is stayed until the appeal is settled, but they are the only one who hold that opinion. Ecology has stated that they will vigorously defend the permit. OHA has intervened in the case...

March 1, 2014
New Discharge Permit for Buckhorn Mine: Kinross will need to make a concerted effort

On February 27, 2014 the WA Department of Ecology approved the renewal of the long overdue permit for the Buckhorn Mine to discharge treated mine water, known as the NPDES (National Pollution Discharge Elimination System) permit...

February 27, 2014

Get out of jail free
Government regulators provided Crown Resources with a “Get Out of Jail Free” card

On June 29 Kelly Susewind, Ecology’s Water Quality Program Manager, signed an unprecedented gift to Crown when he signed away the largest penalty Ecology had ever issued, for water quality violations at the Buckhorn Mine... 

July 3, 2013
OHA Announces Intention to File a Citizen Lawsuit under the Clean Water Act against Crown Resources/Kinross regarding the Buckhorn Mine

On June 14, 2013, the Okanogan Highlands Alliance (OHA) notified Crown Resources/Kinross Gold that a citizen lawsuit in Federal District Court may be filed in 60 days, charging the companies with violations of their National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit and the Clean Water Act (CWA), unless all violations are stopped.

June 14, 2013
Ecology Enforces Water Quality Requirements at the Buckhorn Mine
Ecology Enforces Water Quality Requirements at the Buckhorn Mine

On July 16, 2012, the Washington State Department of Ecology issued water quality violations along with monetary penalties to Crown Resources Corporation, a fully owned subsidiary of Kinross Gold, for numerous water quality violations at the Buckhorn Mine in Okanogan County. 

July 16, 2012
Slope Failure at the Buckhorn Mine
Slope Failure at Buckhorn Mine
On May 12, 2011, a large slope failure below the Buckhorn Mine sent a wall of mud and large trees flowing down Gold Bowl Creek.

May 12, 2011
New Hydrogeologist Hired at Ecology
Hydrogeologist Hired at Ecology
In 2010, OHA was very concerned over the loss of Ecology’s Water Quality Regulator to retirement and the hiring freeze that prevented Ecology from re-hiring. The Governor’s office heard your comments and approved a waiver to Ecology. The Buckhorn Mine once again has an Ecology staff person focused on water quality regulation.

April 4, 2011
Exploration Proposed On and Around Buckhorn Mountain

Kinross, under the name of Echo Bay, has submitted plans that, if approved, would open up 10,000 acres to extensive exploration on an expedited timeframe on federal and state lands.

February 10, 2011
Ban Approved for Lead Fishing Tackle on WA Loon Nesting Lakes

Your letters and phone calls made a difference! Thank you for speaking out. As of May 1, 2011, loons are protected from being poisoned by lead fishing tackle in Washington's loon nesting lakes.

May 1, 2011
Report Analyzes Problems at the Buckhorn Mine: OHA Recommends Steps to Protect Water Resources

On November 5, 2010, Okanogan Highlands Alliance (OHA) submitted a report titled, “Analysis of Water Quality Impacts at the Buckhorn Mountain Mine and Recommendations for Improvements,” prepared by Dr. Ann Maest of Stratus Consulting, to the Department of Ecology and other regulatory agencies. The report was prepared to assist with efforts by Kinross to understand and remediate the downstream increases in contaminants coming from the mine.

November 5, 2010
Trucking water out-of-basin
Trucking Wastewater Out-of-Basin
The company is trucking waste water (25-30 gpm or over a million gallons per month) to the tailings pond. There has not been an environmental review, mitigation or permitting for this out of basin transfer of water.

Spring 2010
Herbicide Sprayed in Wetland
Herbicide Sprayed in Wetland
An herbicide that should not come in contact with water was sprayed on plants growing in the Pine Chee wetland.

July 2010
  Mine Fined $40k For Water Quality Violation

April 2009

  Accord Reached on Buckhorn Mine

April 17, 2008