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Fort Knox Gold Mine Cyanide Water Spill

Location
Fort Knox Gold Mine, Fairbanks, Alaska
Time/Date
The spill occurred at approximately 8:30 PM on May 4, 2010. Fort Knox Gold Mine notified ADEC via the Alaska State Troopers at approximately 9:49 PM on May 4, 2010.
Spill Id
10309912402
Product/ Quantity
The process water spill occurred within the ore processing facility. Fort Knox estimates the amount spilled at 305,300 gallons. Approximately 270,000 to 275,000 gallons remained within the building, while the remaining 30,000 to 35,000 gallons spilled onto the gravel roadway and parking area.
Cause
Failure of the automated process control system.

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State map showing spill location

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May 5, 2010