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Status of proposed Montana projects, ongoing reclamation, environmental testing and more.

Environment

An unrelenting commitment to responsible mining is at the core of our business. Read in our 2018 Sustainability Report how Hecla Mining works to reduce its environmental impact while increasing operating efficiencies.

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Health & Safety

The health and safety of our people is our highest priority. Read in our 2018 Sustainability Report how Hecla Mining has reduced the number of safety incidents more than 60% over the past several years.

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Communities

Hecla Mining is committed to contributing meaningfully to community development. Read in our 2018 Sustainability Report how we give back to the communities where we live and work.

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Troy Mine Reclamation

 

“We take our obligations seriously and we remain fully committed to the communities in Lincoln and Sanders Counties and to fulfilling our requirements not only at Rock Creek and Montanore, but also at the former Troy Mine.”

Doug Stiles, General Manager, Troy Mine Inc.

“The reclamation work at Troy will take many years and we remain on track. So far, we have invested over $6 million in reclamation work and have doubled the financial assurance post with the State of Montana. Over the past two years, the company has soil covered over 290 acres of the tailings facility, reseeded some 140 acres and we will continue contract work to remove the mill building.”

Doug Stiles, General Manager, Troy Mine Inc.

Protecting Water Quality

We’re also active in the continuation of water management and treatment at the Montanore Mine while we work on permits to advance exploration.

Protecting water quality and aquatic habitat is also fundamental to the Rock Creek Mine plan. After years of study, a number of measures have been put in place to reduce the mine’s potential impacts:

 

  • road improvements and sediment controls are projected to reduce sediment load by 400 tons per year from current conditions, which will actually improve aquatic habitat

  • water collected throughout the mine life will go through a multi-stage water treatment process to ensure that it meets standards for protection of fish and other aquatic life

  • the majority of water will be recycled and reused throughout the mining and milling process; it will also remain in a closed loop, maximizing usage

  • extensive monitoring and testing will be done throughout the mine life to verify that strict water quality standards are being met

Operating in Sensitive Environments

Our operations at Greens Creek on the Admiralty Island National Monument in Alaska – in harmony with very sensitive environmental conditions – have been successful for years.

Modern Mining

Hecla has more than 128 years of experience as a leading mining company, championing many industry firsts and paving the way for the future of mining.

Setting the Example in Health & Safety

National Mining Association recently recognized Hecla Mining Company for receiving independent certification under its CORESafety® system.

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Mining Supports our Troops

Phil Baker, president and CEO of Hecla Mining address government and military officials at National Defense University.

 

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Next Generation Mining

Colleges and mines, including Hecla’s Greens Creek in Alaska, are training the next generation of tech-savvy workers.

 

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A Century of Firsts

Learn more about the history of Hecla, the oldest precious metals company in the United States and the last remaining pioneer mining company in the Silver Valley.

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